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Russian official: UN targets to eliminate Afghan drug production failed

February 25, 2014, 14:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

During the US-led Enduring Freedom operation between 2007 and 2013 the area under opium poppy has increased by 29 times

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MOSCOW, February 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov said the UN targets made 15 years ago to destroy opium poppy fields in Afghanistan have not been met.

Afghanistan still accounts for more than 80% of heroin produced in the world, while the area under opium poppy has increased from 193,000 hectares in 2007 to 209,000 hectares in 2013, i.e. it grew by a staggering 29 times during the Enduring Freedom operation. Ivanov said this at a meeting of experts over drug supply reduction through police cooperation on Tuesday, ahead of the G8 summit.

"If we follow the logic of responsible politics, we have to honestly admit that the international community has suffered a fiasco. Impartial statistics unequivocally shows that the international community's key decisions on the drug problem adopted at the 20th special session of the UN General Assembly in 1989 have never been fulfilled," he said.

He quoted from the UN Political Declaration on Global Drug Control which said "Welcome the United Nations International Drug Control Program's global approach to the elimination of illicit crops and commit ourselves to working closely with the United Nations International Drug Control Program to develop strategies with a view to eliminating or significantly reducing the illicit cultivation of the coca bush, the cannabis plant and the opium poppy by the year 2008. We affirm our determination to mobilize international support for our efforts to achieve these goals."

The UN political process of antidrug activity set the imperatives to cut drug crop area and drug production in 1998 and 2009, but these decisions have not been fulfilled, the official went on.

The scope of Afghan drug production has increased from 1989. In the long run, it increased the number of consumers of cocaine and heroin in the world.

"That is, the United Nations members have been unable to protect the population of their countries: young people in the first place," the Federal Drug Control Service director noted. "The failure of the world community's strategy and measures against Afghan drug production is obvious."

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