World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Fighting To Curb Drugs From Afghanistan


New York, Jul 27 2006 11:00AM

In the fight against the heroin trade from Afghanistan, which produces almost all the world’s supply, the United Nations drug agency is joining an international effort to train Afghan and Central Asian enforcement officers, as around one fifth of the total output of the illicit narcotic is smuggled through these neighbouring five republics to Russia and elsewhere in Europe.

Under the agreement, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will assist experts from NATO countries and Russia in developing training programmes and providing logistical support, as well as being the executing agency for the $927,000 project, it said in a news release.

“Central Asia is a crucial front in the fight against narcotics trafficking,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.

“The illicit drugs that come across these borders devastate the lives of countless individuals throughout the world. They increase the incidence of HIV/AIDS and fund organized crime. Strengthening security along Central Asian borders is in all of our interests.”

The lengthy, rugged and porous borders between Central Asia and Afghanistan are easily exploited by traffickers and provide a major challenge for police and customs.

This first cooperation agreement between UNODC and the NATO-Russia Council will see mobile training teams visiting Afghanistan and its five Central Asian neighbours, which will supplement training in permanent facilities provided by Russia and Turkey.

2006-07-27 00:00:00.000

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC