DUSHANBE, November 29, 14:38 /ITAR-TASS/. Afghanistan alone cannot tackle the problem of drug production in the country and needs concerted effort by the international community, UN Special Representative in Afghanistan Jan Kubis told a meeting of regional anti-drug authorities in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.
The situation remained difficult and production of raw opium had increased for the third consecutive year, Kubis said. This indicated that the international community had not yet overcome the problem and more effective measures were necessary.
Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon’s welcome speech, delivered by state Security Council Secretary Abrdurahim Kaharov, carried the same message.
The meeting gathered heads of anti-drug authorities of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China, the U.S. and Turkey, alongside delegates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union. Deputy director of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service Oleg Safonov led the Russian delegation.
This assembly was the first of its kind and would become an important step in fighting the spread of illegal drugs, spokeswoman of Tajikistan’s Drug Control Agency Umeda Yusupova said.