From pfp-nato-net |
by Denis Sharipov |
14 Nov 2013
A meeting of senior officials of the European Union and Central Asian countries on fight against drugs was held in Brussels on Tuesday, Tajik Drug Control Agency (DCA) reported on Wednesday.
The delegation of Tajikistan was headed by DCA director Rustam Nazarov. A wide range of issues to combat drugs and prevent spread of drugs were considered at the meeting.
Head of Tajik delegation informed the participants about fight against drug trafficking, the country's national policy to counter threat of drugs and combat drug abuse on the basis of adopted regulations, national programs and national strategies to combat drug trafficking in Tajikistan for 2013-2020.
Representatives of the EU and Central Asian states discussed and adopted EU-Central Asia Action Plan on Drugs for 2014-2020.
To ensure successful and effective implementation of the Action Plan, Nazarov proposed to consider conduction of epidemiological studies on effects of drug addiction and its consequences for further planning of measures in order to reduce demand for drugs.
Nazarov also proposed the establishment of a mechanism of interaction between state and non-governmental organizations in the field of drug prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, to consider possibility of financing the construction of a training center for retraining under the DCA, where employees of law enforcement bodies of Tajikistan and staff of anti-drug units of the region's countries, particularly Afghanistan will be retrained.
He also noted a need to assist in training and professional development of law enforcement officers on fight against laundering of funds derived from drug trafficking.
The DCA director called on the EU to assist in implementation of the national strategy for Tajikistan to combat drug trafficking in 2020 and in strengthening the material-technical base of the border troops in Tajikistan.
A joint communiqué was adopted following the meeting.