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Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-Narcotics agree to enhance cooperation in efforts towards counter narcotics

Islamabad, November 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Ministers and Heads of Delegations participating in Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-Narcotics in Islamabad, at the invitation of the President of Pakistan, agreed to enhance cooperation and synergy in the efforts towards counter narcotics.

The delegations of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the Conference, which was held on 12-13, November 2012.

The Ministerial Conference was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan. In his address, the President of Pakistan highlighted the socio-economic and political challenges posed by the menace of narcotics, at the national, regional and global levels.

He particularly stressed the need to control the illicit drugs and its financial proceeds that fuel crime, money-laundering and terrorism. He urged the participating countries to develop pragmatic ways of strengthening regional cooperation among the concerned national agencies, especially to disrupt the nexus between narco-money and financing for terrorism.

The ministerial session, jointly chaired by the Foreign Minister and the Minster for Interior, adopted the conference declaration on 13 November, which recommended establishing a hotline among the concerned anti-narcotics agencies as well as a Regional Contact Group that will develop a comprehensive and sustainable mechanism to counter the national and regional threats posed by narcotics.

The Regional Contact Group shall become operational by the start of 2014 after finalization of its Terms of Reference in the intervening period. The Group will focus on developing a comprehensive regional counter-narcotics strategy focusing on the elimination of opium cultivation; demand, supply and trafficking of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances, including their precursors.

In their statements, the participating ministers greatly appreciated the initiative taken by the President of Pakistan, which they termed as well thought and timely. The agreed that the initiative would instill much needed urgency to the regional counter-narcotics efforts.

Narcotics pose a serious threat, which transcends national boundaries. The President’s initiative would further boost joint counter-narcotic efforts with key regional partners to counter this scourge.

For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Personal Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604

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