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RF drug police chief to debate anti-drug struggle in Latin America

June 24, 2012, 5:08 UTC+3

Ivanov will visit Argentina, Peru and Brazil from June 24 to 30

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MOSCOW, June 24 (Itar-Tass) —— Head of the Federal Service of Control over Drug Circulation Viktor Ivanov will arrive in Latin America on Sunday to discuss joint operations to bust the channels of drug trafficking from this region to Russia, a source in the Russian drug police told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

Ivanov will visit Argentina, Peru and Brazil from June 24 to 30. “During the Latin American tour Ivanov is to have negotiations with the leadership of specific ministries and agencies of these countries. The negotiations will focus on a broad range of issues, which related to broader international cooperation to ward off the global drug threat, bringing down of the demand in drugs, the preventive measures against drug addiction and the development of the mechanism to hold joint operations to curb the channels of drug trafficking from Latin America to Russia,” the source said.

He also noted that on June 25 Viktor Ivanov will deliver a report at a plenary session of the international conference of the foreign ministers and the heads of the special domestic agencies for the struggle against the world drug problem in Lima. Ivanov will also deliver a speech on the destruction of the world drug production centres as the top priority of the world community on the basis of the development of the nations and civilizations for political and scientific elites at the Argentinean Foreign Policy Council (CARI) and the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Rio Branco).

Ivanov is expected to sign an agreement between the Russian drug watchdog and the Peruvian national police, a memorandum on mutual understanding between the Russian drug police and the Executive Council of the Peruvian National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA).


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