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Afghan drugs meet opens with cooperation plea

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October 31, 2007

KABUL (AFP) – An international anti-drugs conference opened in Afghanistan with an appeal for regional cooperation in the battle against the production and trafficking of opium in Central Asia.

Government experts from 55 countries are meeting for two days in Kabul for the third conference of the “Paris Pact”, a group set up to counter the trade in Afghan opiates.

Afghanistan is almost the world’s exclusive supplier of heroin, which is derived from opium. Afghan opium production rose more than a third to a record high in 2007, the United Nations says.

But delegates at the conference said there had been an important anti-drugs agreement this year between Afghanistan and its neighbours Pakistan and Iran.

The agreement “promises to be a very valuable initiative,” said Vincent McLean, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime representative in Pakistan.

The group will also focus on ways of boosting cooperation with Central Asian states to the north of Afghanistan and with China, which shares a mountainous border with Afghanistan and is becoming a destination for heroin.

The first Paris Pact meeting was held in May 2003 in Paris and the second in June 2006 in Moscow. There have also been regular talks between the participating countries and international organisations.

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Written by afghandevnews

November 1, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Posted in Drugs

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