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MEXICO, February 21 (Itar-Tass) —— The scale of illegal production and spreading of drugs in the world is such that the United Nations Organisation should qualify the problem as a threat to international peace and security, Head of Russia’s federal service on control over turnover of drugs Viktor Ivanov said on Monday.
“Why have we still not adopted a decision at the UN Security Council, which states that production and trade of drugs pose a threat to international peace and security, like it was done with terrorism?” he asked. “Those would be not just words, but rather a legal formula, with which the international coommunity could undertake measures” aimed at more active fight of drug trafficking.
Presently the problems “of drug addiction and drug crime are in the competence of the UN General Assembly, as it considers them from the point of view of harm to health and of violation of social security,” Ivanov said during his working trip to Mexico. However, “there are two phenomena: huge production of cocaine in South America and the second one– production of heroin in Afghanistan.”
“Production of these drugs is so big that they are supplied far beyond those countries, thus causing vital problems for several countries and regions, if not continents,” he continued. Meanwhile drug trade “destabilises countries, causes coup d'etat, mass murders and violations.”
Those responsible “are not terrorists obsessed with an idea,” but drug mafia, which aspires for new revenues using violence, fighting armies and the police, Ivanov said.