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President Karzai Orders the Governors and Provincial Security Chiefs to Stop Poppy Cultivation
Office of the Presidential Spokesman


Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ordered the governors and provincial security chiefs to take drastic actions against poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

The President said, “Our country’s national interests require us to refrain from poppy cultivation. The fight against poppy cultivation is a top priority for the Government of Afghanistan and no excuse will be accepted for the continuation of poppy cultivation. Afghanistan will not become self-reliant unless we completely stop this menace with strong determination.”

In a meeting with governors and provincial security chiefs, the President instructed them to inform the land owners of the Government’s strong determination in fighting against illicit poppy cultivation. The cultivation of poppy is an illegal act which undermines the rule of law and weakens our economy.

For further information, please contact:
Muhammad Karim Rahimi, Spokesman to the President of Afghanistan
Tel.: 0093 70185566

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