The Chief Executive: Countries Should Place the Issue of Counter-Narcotics at the Top of Their Agenda

The Chief Executive of the National Unity Government, at Ambassadors’ Meeting on Regional Counter-Narcotics Initiative, said that cooperation among countries in counter-narcotics should not be affected by other issues.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah noted that some countries do not take responsibility in this regard and just blame Afghanistan, while they provide the essential materials for processing drugs and also drug trafficking takes place via these countries.

The regional counter narcotics strategy was discussed today with presence of delegates from regional countries, international organizations and relevant government agencies at the Sepidar Palace.

The purpose of this strategy is coordination and consolidation of regional and international joint activities for counter-narcotics within a regular framework.

The Chief Executive said, "As drug trafficking is a global threat and requires more attention, past experiences should be reviewed.”

Dr. Abdullah said one of the reasons for lasting conflict in Afghanistan is funding terrorist groups by narcotics revenues. Hence, ensuring peace is dependent on our success in counter-narcotics.

The Chief Executive added, “We need joint and coordinated efforts to combat this global disaster and this strategy will help us to achieve the best results.”

" Reduction in international aid and increase in opium cultivation and production has strengthened terrorist groups," said Ms. Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics.

She added that poverty, organized crime, unemployment, illness, insecurity and instability are directly related to drugs, which threaten safety of the families around the world.

Ms. Azimi considered financial and technical assistance of the world effective in counter narcotics, calling for greater attention from the international community.

Then, Mark Colhoun, representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said, "Drug production in the world has increased, 31 million addicts need urgent treatment, and 450,000 addicts die each year.”

Mr. Colhoun added that drug profits are entering global markets, which lead to economic crimes; therefore, countries should take joint action for combating this phenomenon.

Mr. Jeremy Milson, regional director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said that there are various programs to enforce law and centralize activities of the countries in the region and in the world.

Also, the ambassadors of countries and representatives of international organizations expressed their views on dimensions of this strategy.

Dr. Abdullah said that the National Unity Government remains fully committed to fighting narcotics.