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Russian anti-drug chief to discuss cooperation with Panama authorities

February 28, 2012, 5:16 UTC+3

Panama will be the last destination of Ivanov’s tour of Latin American countries

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PANAMA CITY, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Issues of anti-drug cooperation between Russia and the Republic of Panama will be in focus of talks visiting Russian anti-drug chief Viktor Ivanov will have here on Tuesday.

Ivanov will meet with Panama’s Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado to sign an agreement on cooperation in anti-drug aefforts, Valery Artasov, a senior counselor of the Russian embassy in Panama told Itar-Tass. Ivanov will also meet with Panama’s Foreign Minister Roberto Henriquez and with a representative from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Panama will be the last destination of Ivanov’s tour of Latin American countries. He already visited Mexico, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba, where he discussed issues of counteracting the global drug threat, anti-drug measures, and measure to prevent drug addiction.

Ivanov’s visit is taking place amid a wide discussion in the Western hemisphere on possible legalization of drugs. On Monday, Panama’s foreign minister said his country opposed such initiatives.


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