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Karzai asks SCO members to focus on fight against drugs

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KABUL, Aug 16 (Pajhwok Afghan News): President Hamid Karzai Thursday urged upon regional countries to focus on fighting drugs and smuggling.

The president was addressing the one-day summit of the six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Deliberating on the root causes of instability in Afghanistan, the president said terrorism and drugs were the two major factors posing threat to peace and stability in his country.

He said the two were not only posing threat to Afghanistan but the region and the world at large. He said terrorists were killing innocent citizens, burning schools, targeting health clinics and destroying other welfare projects in Afghanistan.

“These two major menaces are not only halting our journey towards progress and prosperity, but also endangering the peace, stability and progress of the region.”

Referring to the fight against narcotics, Karzai said rooting out drugs from the society required full commitment from the international community.

In his speech, Karzai also highlighted the role and presence of international forces in his war-devastated country. “Presence of the international community in Afghanistan is not only in favour of that country but the whole region,” said the Afghan leader.

Karzai said Afghanistan was most affected by the scourge of terrorism than its neighbours or countries of the region. This was why, he said, Afghanistan had the heavier responsibility in the fight against terror.

Pointing to the ongoing war against terrorism, Karzai said the world was still facing the threat despite six years of global fight against the menace.

He also highlighted the economic progress of his country and said that Afghanistan had become member of SAARC last year. He said his country was eager to establish stronger ties with SCO members.

“Destinies of countries of the regional are intertwined. Therefore, their economic development and peace and stability could not be separated from each other,” Karzai argued.

He said economic progress and stability of the region was directly linked to peace and stability in Afghanistan. A strong and stable Afghanistan was in favour of its neighbours and the region, he added.

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Written by afghandevnews

August 16, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Posted in Drugs

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