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Roundtable among countries affected by heroine smuggling from Afghanistan held in Tehran

Tehran, Sept 14, IRNA-The international roundtable on Paris Agreement aiming to draw up cooperation plans for the countries seriously affected by the consequences of heroine smuggled from Afghanistan was held in Tehran.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the roundtable, Secretary of the Drugs Control Headquarters Ali Hashemi said that what initiated Paris agreement in 2003 promised positive measures to be taken in campaign against drugs at regional and international levels.

"Lack of proper cooperation and coordination mechanism in various areas where there are cultivation, production and abuse of narcotics, demolishes the facilities.

"A proper mechanism taking into view the interests of regional and extra-regional countries is required.

"Assessment of the plans drawn up for the countries on campaign against drugs, their performance in the field, the campaign programs currently underway in various states and eventually presenting the proposals required for paving the way for implementation of Paris Agreement are high on the agenda," he added.

Hashemi noted that though the Paris Agreement has made reference to the issue of smuggling and transit of drugs, this gathering is required to present effective strategies and exchange view on increased efficiency in international programs.

He underlined that priority should be given to various stages of production and consumption of drugs and that to materialize such a goal, special attention should be paid to Afghanistan as the origin of narcotics.

"The turning point of the gathering is cultivation of drugs in Afghanistan. Undermining the system of production and transit of heroine in Afghanistan could be one one way to tackle the issue.

"However, this requires a systemic exchange of information, given that sharing information among regional and trans-regional states seems to make the scope of activities more effective and efficient," said Hashemi.

He referred to the multifaceted campaign launched by Iran against transit of heroine and noted that success of such a plan requires development of general view on the narcotics transit routes as underlined in the Paris Agreement.

"On the other hand, bilateral contact between the countries are necessary, since each country has its specific border conditions based on its geographical situation.

The roundtable, which was organized jointly by Iran's Drug Control Headquarters and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes was attended by 40 countries and international bodies.

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