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STATEMENT OF THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN VIENNA H.E. MR. VLADIMIR VORONKOV

Your Excellencies,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues and friends,

I am very glad to welcome you in the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation on this important occasion.
Today we, Russia, Japan and the UNODC, officially launch a joint project aimed to assist Afghanistan to effectively combat drug trafficking – a major problem both inside the country and far beyond, which poses a serious threat to international peace and stability.
All of us are aware of the fact, that afghan drugs have become a global problem. Many countries, but first of all Afghanistan, are suffering from this plague. Russia is also one of them. Because of that we keep the issue of combating drugs high on the agenda.
To counter effectively this problem the Russian Federation actively cooperates with many international factors both on bilateral and multilateral basis. Let me mention only some of them - CSTO, CIS, SCO, NATO and OSCE. Russia has strongly supported the leading role of UN institutions, especially the UNODC in this regard, based on such important instruments as Paris Pact initiative and the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
But more solidarity in global fight against illicit drugs is needed. From that perspective the project we are launching today is a joint contribution of Russia, Japan and the UNODC to the international counternarcotics efforts. It is designed to assist Afghanistan to build up its own capacities in order to effectively prevent the illicit drugs. As to the essence of the project – it is intended to provide highly professional educational and practical skills and expertise to anti-drug law enforcement officers from the Afghan National Police through tailor-made training programs to be held at and by the specialized center of the Russian Ministry of the Interior in Domodedovo, a town close to Moscow.
The project is now on the eve of its practical implementation which is only a matter of technicalities. However we try to look beyond at this stage, and hope that the Domodedovo project serves as a good starting point for our intensive cooperation with Afghanistan and Japan under the auspices of the UN, as well as with other stakeholders, within the Regional Program. If, or I would dare to say – when the project is successfully completed, we may give a good thinking to how to use the experience gained and maybe to have another edition of the project – with more participants and training activities provided.
We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for its generous financial contribution to the project, and would like also to address our thankful words to the UNODC for the profound assistance at the preparatory and implementation stages.
Thank you very much for your attention.
 

18.06.2012
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