Morocco Arrests Drug Trafficking Ring

Rabat – Errachidia police services dismantled a criminal network for drug trafficking and marketing, on the basis of accurate information provided by the general directorate for national territory surveillance.Investigations led by security services helped arrest four suspects, on Friday in the city of Arfoud, said a statement by the national police (DGSN), adding that 12 suitcases containing 300 kg of hashish, three vehicles and the sum of 570,000 were also seized during this operation.The accused were remanded in custody to complete the probe, conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office, said the statement, noting that investigations are under way to establish possible links with other organizations, inside Morocco or abroad. read more

Security Council calls for more progress in implementing Lebanon resolution

In a presidential statement, Council members reiterated their commitment to the implementation of the Council resolution that ended the conflict and urged all parties in the region “to intensify their efforts” to comply with the text.That resolution called for, among other issues, renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Lebanese and Israeli forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling.Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said in today’s statement that the 15-member body “emphasizes the need for greater progress on all the key issues required for a permanent ceasefire and long-term solution.”He added that the Council gives its full support to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and welcomed its recent enhanced cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). In addition, it urged all parties to abide by their obligations to respect the safety of UN personnel in the area. 15 April 2008The Security Council today called for greater progress on the outstanding issues needed to reach a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah in southern Lebanon following their war in mid-2006. read more