UNODC supports the Kyrgyz Government in fight against drug trafficking

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BISHKEK, 28 June 2017 – Some 50 representatives of governmental bodies, international organizations, civil society and media took part at the State Coordination Committee on drug control meeting, devoted to the 26 June – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.  The event was organized by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the United Nations Programme Office on drugs and crime in the Kyrgyz Republic (UNODC).

The coordination committee aims at consolidation of efforts of all state institutions in creating an effective model of coordination in the sphere of drug control at national level.

“The consequences caused by drug trafficking are our common problem, which we all need to pay special attention to”, said Mr. Damir Sagynbaev, Head of the Defense, Law and Order and Emergency Situations department of the Governmental Apparatus on behalf of the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Zhenish Razakov. "It is possible to improve the complicated drug situation that was developed  in order to enable people of Kyrgyzstan to live without the drugs threat and associated with them negative social phenomena."

According to Mr. Azamat Araev, Head of the Service to combat illicit drug trafficking of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior, the drug situation in Kyrgyzstan remains difficult.  “Such factors as the transit of Afghan drugs through “Northern Route” complicate the situation.  We believe it is necessary to develop a new version of law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors”.

Mr. Alexander Fedulov, Head of the UNODC Programme office the Kyrgyz Republic presented the new World Drug Report 2017 at the meeting.

“The 2017 World Drug Report provides a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health. It highlights the scientific evidence for hepatitis C causing greatest harm among people who use drugs; and brings into view further diversification of the thriving drug market, as well as changing business models for drug trafficking and organized crime”.

During the meeting, issues on the national and regional drug situation reviewed, results of the implementation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Government's Antinarcotics Program announced, access to legal drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes in the country discussed.

The current event devoted to 26 June – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. #WDD2017. UNODC in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior has conducted number of events to mark this day: on 26 June launched informational campaign under the slogan #ListenFirst, on 27 June liquidated some 3.5 tons of illicit drugs, seized in course of operative investigation works and investigation of crime.

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