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Kofi Annan tackles drug trafficking in West Africa

ACCRA, Ghana — Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations, launched a commission Thursday to tackle drug trafficking in West Africa as the region increasingly becomes a stopover point for cocaine and marijuana shipments from the Americas to Europe.

‘‘The massive surge in drug trafficking over the last decade presents a serious and growing threat to the region’s stability and development,’’ said Annan. ‘‘Left unchecked, illegal drug trafficking could compromise the encouraging progress that West African nations have made in strengthening democracy and promoting human and economic development.’’

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