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Jakarta Post

RI, Nigeria work to fight drugs

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 7 2009   /  02:28 pm

The story of a Nigerian marrying an Indonesian woman to force her to become the courier in a global drug trafficking syndicate is not uncommon here. More than a dozen Nigerian drug smugglers have reportedly been executed in Indonesia, while at least another 20 are currently on death row. Indonesia and Nigeria are now promoting strategic cooperation to combat illicit drug trafficking - an issue which both countries say could override or even damage good ties since 1955, when the latter's leaders came to the Bandung Conference. "The purpose of this cooperation is to ensure that such issues will not hamper our bilateral relations in the future," Foreign Ministry's director general for Asia-Pacific and African affairs, T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, said. He was speaking to The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a one-day workshop on the issue organized by the Foreign Ministry at Arya Duta...