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Uruguay's President Dismisses Negotiations with Alleged Drug Trafficker

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Uruguay's President Dismisses Negotiations with Alleged Drug Trafficker

Uruguay's President, Luis Lacalle Pou, has dismissed speculation about potential negotiations with alleged drug trafficker Sebastián Enrique Marset Cabrera, stating that the Uruguayan government does not negotiate with drug traffickers. Despite not having seen the interview with Marset on the program Santo y Seña, Lacalle Pou is informed about the content.

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Stand Against Narcotrafficking

Lacalle Pou emphasised that if Marset is caught, he will be extradited to Paraguay, underlining the country's stance against narcotrafficking. He also expressed his wish for efficient coordination among the police forces to locate Marset, who escaped in Bolivia on July 29 after being warned of a police operation. The President's statements come in response to Marset's televised interview where he claimed to be in talks with authorities in Montevideo, requesting his family members also wanted from Asunción to be tried in Uruguay.

Political Repercussions

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These developments have also stirred political debates within Uruguay. The Mayor of Canelones and Presidential pre-candidate of the Broad Front, Yamandú Orsi, suggested that Marset's narrative aligns with that of the national government. However, Lacalle Pou responded to Orsi's observations, stating that he doesn't have time to respond to every comment and urging to raise the level of dialogue.

International Implications

The Marset case has not only impacted Uruguay but also had significant implications in Paraguay and Bolivia. In a drastic move, Paraguay's National Police dismissed the Chief of Staff of Interpol Paraguay following the lifting of the red alert on Marset's wife. In Bolivia, the Government Minister labelled Marset's interview as a 'media operation' based on lies, responding to his accusations of Bolivia being the most corrupt country in the region.

The news has also hinted at other international matters, including artificial intelligence competition among tech giants, a national security measure in Finland, a legal setback for Argentina's vice president, and a U.S. warning to Israel about military operations in Gaza.

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