UN to intensify support to Kyrgyzstan in combating drug trafficking

16:51, November 03, 2010      

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The UN's anti-crime agency vowed here Tuesday to strengthen support for the Kyrgyz government in response to a growing threat of drug trafficking throughout Central Asia.

An assessment mission to Kyrgyzstan would be dispatched, and experts would draw up initial plans to support the country's new drug control service, said Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

"Confronting the flow of illicit Afghan opium is of paramount importance for the security of the region," Fedotov said in a press release, adding "effective drug control in Kyrgyzstan would bolster UN-wide efforts to consolidate peace building and conflict prevention" in that country.

On Oct. 29, head of the Kyrgyz State Service on Drug Control Orazaliev Vitaly Kerimovich came to Vienna to request support from the UNODC.

Kerimovich said the "alarming situation" of increased drug trafficking was an important factor behind the country's recent political turmoil.

The State Service on Drug Control, established under a presidential decree in August, is designed to coordinate Kyrgyzstan's actions with its various drug control counterparts across the region.

Kyrgyzstan lies on a drug trafficking route out of Afghanistan, which has long been the producer of about 90 percent of the world's opium.

Source: Xinhua


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