Results of the XVII meeting of the Coordinating Council of the heads of the competent authorities on countering the illicit drug trafficking in Yerevan: the CSTO is called upon to initiate a global anti-drug policy at the upcoming UN General Assembly Spec

15.10.2015
On October 14, 2015, under the chairmanship of the Director of Federal Drug Control Service of Russia, Viktor Ivanov, the XVII meeting of the Coordination Council of the heads of the competent authorities on countering the illicit drug trafficking of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was held in Yerevan. There was a constructive exchange of views on the problems of combating the drug threat emanating from the territory of Afghanistan, the spread of new types of synthetic drugs in the CSTO area of ​​responsibility, as well as enhancing the role of CCBCD of the CSTO member states in coordinating the activities of anti-drug forces in the region and further improving the fight against transnational drug crime.   
  
Viktor Ivanov made a presentation on the topic: “The CSTO is called upon to initiate a global anti-drug policy at the upcoming UN Special Assembly Sessions”. A key factor affecting the drug situation in the CSTO member states remains the northern route & raquo; Afghan Drug Transit Supplying Central Asian and Russian Drug Markets At the same time, large-scale drug production in Afghanistan and their subsequent redistribution through transit countries to final consumers is not only not declining, but also tends to increase. In the current situation, in order to ensure the security and stability of the states of the region, it is necessary to search for new forms and methods for solving the problem of the drug threat, primarily in the Afghan sector.   
    
It was noted that the CSTO, as an international organization, is to the maximum extent interested in the welfare of the countries of the Central Asian region and is obliged to take active and proactive measures to combat drugs in order to ensure security, public stability and economic development of the states & ndash; CSTO members. In preparation for the meeting of the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in spring 2016, the meeting elaborated consolidated proposals on the formation of a fundamentally new global anti-drug agenda.   
    
The unified position of the CSTO member states in support of the initiative to eliminate large-scale drug production in Afghanistan, the alternative development of drug-producing states and the strengthening of the traditional drug control regime was supported by representatives of more than 70 states and a number of international organizations during a meeting of the commission of heads of competent authorities of Central America, Mexico Caribbean and Colombia (Republic of Nicaragua, September 10, 2014), the first and second Moscow anti-drug their ministerial conferences (May 15, 2014 and April 23, 2015), the High-Level International Conference to consolidate the efforts of international anti-drug cooperation, (Republic of Tajikistan, May 27, 2015) and the international conference "Russian-African anti-drug dialogue"; (Republic of the Gambia, July 23, 2015).   
    
Such consolidation of the world community will create a fundamental political and legal platform for reducing the drug problem and its associated security problems in Central Asia and other regions of the world. This will not only strengthen the authority of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the world arena, but also allow at the highest level to formulate a new global agenda for combating drugs in the interests of the CSTO member states.   

The meeting participants expressed their intention to continue to unite the efforts of international organizations of the UN, BRICS, SCO in the fight against drug trafficking with the ultimate goal of eliminating the global centers for drug production in Afghanistan and South America.   
    
In order to unify measures aimed at preventing and detecting new forms of synthetic drugs in a timely manner, the CCBCD members decided to continue working together in the field of harmonization of the regulatory legal framework.   
    
The members of the Coordination Council of the Heads of the Competent Authorities for Countering the Illicit Drug Trafficking of the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization agreed:   
    
 1. To develop practical cooperation between operational units of the competent authorities of the CSTO member states, including through joint anti-drug activities aimed at countering the Afghan drug production, identifying and suppressing drug supply channels under the auspices of the CSTO Anti-Drug Operations Center. Continue the practice of conducting international anti-drug operations in the framework of the Regional anti-drug operation & laquo; Kanal & raquo; on the main directions of drug trafficking and on certain facilities related to the production and transit of drugs. Actively develop relevant regulatory documents governing the work of the CSTO Anti-Drug Operations Center.   
    
 2. In order to increase the effectiveness of the fight against drug flows coming from Afghanistan and Southeast Asia to support the active participation of the competent authorities of the SCO and BRICS member states, financial intelligence units of the Eurasian Group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG) international anti-drug activities held in the framework of the CSTO, to intensify the use of existing anti-drug cooperation mechanisms to enhance the status and influence CSTO tions in the international arena in matters of combating illicit trafficking in drugs and precursors.   
    
 3. To carry out concerted work to promote the consolidated initiatives and proposals adopted at the sixteenth session of the CCBCD of the CSTO member states in preparation for the meeting of the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem in 2016 on countering the illegal production of Afghan drugs and alternative development of Afghanistan global security issues.   
    
Following the meeting, the following decisions were made:   
    
 1. On the appointment of the CCBCD Secretary of the CSTO member states.   
    
 2. About the plan of the main events of the CCBCD of the CSTO member states for 2016-2017.   
    
 3. On approval of the plans of the main activities of the CCBCD working groups on interdepartmental cooperation in the field of prevention, & laquo; CSTO Anti-Drug Operations Center & raquo; for 2016 and the plan of activities for training employees of the competent authorities to counter the illicit drug trafficking of the CSTO member states for 2015.   
    
 4. On the establishment of a scientific advisory working group of the Coordination Council of the heads of the competent authorities on countering the illicit drug trafficking of the CSTO member states to develop strategic directions for the activities of the CCBCD.   
    
 5. On the adoption of a consolidated position by the competent authorities of the CSTO member states on initiatives and proposals to the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem in 2016.


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