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We are glad to welcome our partners to Moscow within the framework of the Paris Pact initiative on comprehensively countering the threat of Afghan opiates. Russia stood at the origins of this unique international mechanism of dialogue on the Afghan drug problem. Almost twenty years later, the relevance and relevance of the format of the Paris Pact continues unabated.

The illicit production and trafficking of drugs of Afghan origin is one of the most serious political challenges for the entire world community. The main burden of this problem falls precisely on Afghanistan and its immediate neighbors. The stable growth of drug production in this country creates a breeding ground for the activities of terrorist organizations, leads to additional risks of large-scale smuggling of opiates and methamphetamine and destabilization of the situation in Afghanistan’s neighboring states and the region as a whole.

The task of strengthening cross-border cooperation comes to the fore. Regional priorities in the Afghan sector are fixed in the statement of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO member states on counteracting the drug threat, approved during the Russian chairmanship in the SCO in 2020. In September 2021, the CSTO member states adopted a special statement on Afghanistan, which expresses concern about the extremely high level of drug production in this country, which serves as one of the sources of income for terrorist groups, and calls for intensified efforts to combat this evil.

We consider anti-drug measures, which we continue to carry out together with our partners and allies in Central Asia, even in a pandemic, as a practical contribution to the implementation of the Paris Pact recommendations. A serious consolidating factor in our efforts remains the CSTO’s regular multidisciplinary operation Channel, aimed at solving practical tasks to stabilize the drug situation in the Central Asian region, suppress the activities of transnational drug groups, counter the legalization of drug proceeds, and withdraw weapons, ammunition and explosives from illicit trafficking.

Our meeting is taking place in development of the results of the Beijing expert meeting of the Paris Pact under the auspices of the SCO in 2018. Today, the SCO’s importance as a platform for operational interaction of law enforcement agencies of key states directly affected by drug, terrorist and criminal threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan is objectively increasing.

A serious help in a well-coordinated joint response to common challenges is the efforts carried out by the CIS to harmonize the anti-drug legislation of the countries of the region on the basis of the relevant UN conventions.

We are consistently working to build up law enforcement cooperation between the states of the Caspian region to jointly repulse drug expansion from the territory of Afghanistan.

An effective fight against the problem of Afghan opiates can be waged only on the basis of a clear-cut understanding of the real situation both in Afghanistan itself and on the routes of illicit drug trafficking. In this context, we note the importance of prompt exchange of information on new trends, including through the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Center (CARICC).

It is important to ensure that the strategic orientations of the world community in the Afghan direction are supported by targeted projects of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is significant that the launch of an updated version of the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan and its neighboring countries for 2022-2025 will take place on the sidelines of our meeting, which is synchronized with the tasks approved under the Paris Pact. The demand is proved by the initiatives of the Department for training law enforcement personnel and strengthening the canine potential of Afghanistan and neighboring countries, which we are successfully implementing together with our Japanese colleagues.

We wish the participants of the event fruitful work. We hope that the results of the Moscow meeting of the Paris Pact will make a substantive contribution to the international discussion on the anti-drug cut of the situation in Afghanistan and around it.

 

O. SYROMOLOTOV

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