Spanish Police Dismantles Drug Trafficking Network Operating in Spain, Morocco

Rabat – Spanish news outlet El Faro De Ceuta reported that Spanish police have arrested four British suspects for their alleged involvement in an international drug trafficking network. The suspects were allegedly smuggling cannabis from Morocco to Marbella, Spain.Police seized €100,000 during the arrest operation. The police also found 1,500 kilograms of cannabis during the arrest operation.The suspects owned a boat that they used to transport drugs from Morocco to Marbella. Moroccan and Spanish security services regularly collaborate on the fight against drug trafficking, irregular migration networks, and counterterrorism.In July, Spanish police in Almeria, southeast Spain arrested a 22-year old man wanted by Belgian security services for drug trafficking. He was arrested while he was trying to flee to Morocco through the international port of Almeria.Spain also dismantled another international drug trafficking network in May. The network cannabis from Morocco to France, Belgium, Holland, and Poland. read more

Border tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea has eased – UN mission

“The military situation has seen some positive developments. We have had some reduction of tension,” the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) told a news conference in the region today.Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a bitter border war between 1998 and 2000 and the two countries are now separated by the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), which earlier this month UN officials described as “tense and potentially volatile.”“This is my assessment: that tension has been reduced. I am not saying that there are still no tensions. I am saying that the tension levels have been reduced,” said Maj. Gen. Rajender Singh, the UNMEE Force Commander.In November, the Security Council called on both Ethiopia and Eritrea to reduce the number of troops at the border and Major-General Singh confirmed that force levels had gone down. On Tuesday, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guéhenno said no hasty decision would be taken on the future of its operation in the Horn of Africa countries, adding that “time had to be given for diplomacy” between Ethiopia and Eritrea.Eritrea has increased its criticism of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the border delineated in 2002, awarding Badme – the town that triggered the border conflict – to Eritrea. read more