As part of the transnational efforts to combat drug trafficking, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez passed the new Law for the Protection of the Sovereignty of Honduran Airspace.
“By land, by sea, by air, in whatever space, Honduras will continue to be hostile to drug traffickers…” said the Honduran president, in the context of the inauguration of the Combined Interagency Operations Centre (CCOI), created after the law came into force.
According to Venezuela’s ambassador to Honduras, Claudio Sandoval, “this law prohibits the Honduran Air Force from damaging, destroying, or shooting down a civilian aircraft that is reasonably presumed to be carrying drugs. Such a prohibition could mean a positive change in the fight against drug trafficking, as long as the capture of the drug planes allows for the seizure of merchandise and facilitates subsequent criminal investigations, and should also discourage the Suns Cartel from transporting drugs through Honduras.”
“Given that all the drugs that enter Honduras by air are transported from Venezuela, this law is, in practice, a law against the drug planes that the Suns Cartel sends to Honduras. We must remember that the narco-terrorist regime of Nicolás Maduro has been using Honduras as a bridge in the transit of drugs to the United States,” added the Venezuelan diplomat.
During the inauguration of the CCOI, President Hernández thanked Ambassador Sandoval for his proactive promotion of the law as part of the coordination and cooperation between Honduras and Venezuela to stop the flow of narcotics from the South American country.