Afghanistan Gets The Blame And Others Get The Benefit: President Karzai In Meeting With UN Drug Office Chief

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met on Tuesday in Kabul with Yury Fedotov, UN Undersecretary General and the Executive Director for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to discuss a number of issues related to the efforts required for an effective anti-drug fight.
President Karzai first heard a report presented by the UNODC on the situation and appreciated the office for its cooperation in the fight against production and trafficking of narcotics calling it “essential for an effective result”.
Pointing to the tremendous harm and damage that narcotics has inflicted upon Afghanistan and its identity, the President said that Afghans get the blame while others get the benefit.
The President stressed that drug trafficking and international terrorism were inextricably linked and that most of those involved in the trafficking business are not Afghans.
President Karzai emphasized that the political will to combat the scourge was there, but urged that it was not possible for one country to fight the menace on its own.
He, therefore, stressed that a strong international and concerted effort was important in effectively containing the issue by strengthening Afghan economy so that farmers are not forced into drugs cultivation.
On the reduction in production scale in Afghanistan, the President said the cultivation of drug has seen a dramatic drop in areas under full government control, while in areas with relatively poor government’s writ and with anti-government activity present, the opium still exists.
UNODC Chief reaffirmed his organization’s continued commitment and welcomed the government’s current anti-narcotics strategy as the right one and hoped it can deliver desirable results.
 

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