TALLINN - Estonia’s honorary consul in Argentina has quit his job due to the increasing number of Estonian citizens caught acting as drug couriers in South America.
A record 25 Estonians are being held in South American nations, all charged with attempting to smuggle drugs out of the continent.
This has led to an increased workload for honorary consul Peet Pullisaar, who has been called on to assist the alleged drug couriers with legal matters.
Pullisaar’s role is mainly ceremonial. Estonia’s honorary consuls around the world receive no payment for their work, which normally involves organizing cultural events and assisting citizens with minor administrative matters.
“Because of the increased extra duties I'm unable to continue doing my main work like I have been doing it until now," Pullisaar said.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet released Pullisaar from the role on Sept. 20.