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Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan Sign Joint Statement on Border Management Cooperation in Drug Control

Joint Statement

Vienna, 12 June 2007


Afghanistan's border regions between Iran (Islamic Republic of) and Pakistan are under attack from criminal groups that are smuggling precursor chemicals into Afghanistan and trafficking drugs out of the country. This creates regional instability and poses a serious health risk. This trans-national threat requires a cooperative solution.

United in their desire to counter-act this common threat along their common borders, public security and counter narcotic ministers and senior officials from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan met in Vienna on 12 June 2007 - with the facilitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - to discuss existing threats, domestic counter-narcotic strategies, and ways of improving bilateral and regional cooperation. Their very agreement to meet sends a strong political signal on their desire to work together.

They stressed the wish to focus not only on trafficking, but on all aspects of the drug economy: stopping the diversion and smuggling of precursor chemicals; locating and destroying drug labs; tackling corruption which facilitates the drug business; and halting the laundering of drug money.

Participants made a strong commitment to work towards the realization of more physical barriers to block trafficking routes, increased law enforcement capacity and assets, more joint operations, better communication, and increased intelligence sharing, for example on trafficking routes, traffickers and suspicious shipments.

States where opiates are consumed should assume their share of responsibility for creating the pull factor that is fuelling the opium trade. More attention should be devoted to drug prevention and treatment to save humanity from the misery and instability created by drug abuse. States where precursor chemicals are produced should tighten up their procedures to prevent diversion.

Senior representatives of the three countries taking part in the Triangular Meeting agreed on the need for action, particularly in the most vulnerable border regions. They committed themselves to implement an Action Plan comprised of a range of projects designed to strengthen national, bilateral and trilateral border management and security. UNODC was asked to facilitate the implementation of technical assistance, serve as the Secretariat for the initiative, and mobilize financial support.

In order to improve confidence, security, and cooperation in relation to border management in drug control, senior delegates from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed to hold policy-level coordination meetings at least every six months and technical-level exchanges every three months. This should enable more regular and operational contacts that can stem the flow of drug trafficking from Afghanistan

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