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Cablegate: Unodc Hosts Meeting On Counternarcotics

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DEPT FOR SCA/CEN, INL (A. BUHLER), EXBS (J. HARTSHORN)

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SUBJECT: UNODC HOSTS MEETING ON COUNTERNARCOTICS


1. (U) On September 25 in Tashkent, the United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia
hosted a meeting for Drug Liaison Officers and Embassy staff
with a counternarcotics role. The meeting addressed recent
drug production and trafficking trends in Central Asia,
UNODC's Outline Action Plan for Securing Central Asia's
Borders with Afghanistan, and future activities.

2. (SBU) The Regional Coordinator circulated copies of an
unofficial UNODC document outlining the action plan. The
UNODC's Regional Coordinator stated that three areas in
particular need more attention. First is further development
of intelligence analysis and sharing. The plan envisions
developing centers and offices that focus on improving the
analytical capabilities of border control agencies as well as
creating a "Competence Center" to monitor analytical work in
target countries. Second, UNODC's strategy includes further
expansion of Border Liaison Offices (BLOs)--which consist of
law enforcement representatives who maintain contacts with
counterparts across the border--to other borders between
Central Asia and Afghanistan. Third, UNODC is interested in
expanding interagency Mobile Interdiction Teams (MOBITs) to
secure high-risk border areas. UNODC noted that these
projects have previously been isolated, but they want "to
mold them into a single, comprehensive strategy." UNODC is
actively seeking project ideas from donors that support these
goals.

3. (SBU) The action plan notes that the Central Asian
Regional Information Coordination Center (CARICC) is an
important component in UNODC's strategy, and participants
stated that this should be inaugurated sometime in the first
half of 2008. UNODC is looking to expand computer-based
training for law enforcement officials in target countries,
and a representative offered to brief Poloffs on this program
in the future. Participants said that this probably would be
the group's last meeting of the year for Drug Liaison
Officers and Embassy staff following counternarcotics in
Central Asia.
NORLAND

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