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Afghanistan-Iran border under UNODC spotlight
Mon Jun 2, 2014 3:53AM
Gisoo Misha Ahmadi, Press TV, Tehran
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Far from what one would expect to see; this is what nearly 2000 km of border with Afghanistan looks like from the Iranian side. Not surprisingly canals, barriers, barbed wires and border towers are what separate Iran and the world’s largest illicit opium and cannabis producer and still drug smugglers mange to pass through. A serious challenge that over the years has lead the country to build one of the strongest counter-narcotics enforcement capabilities in the region with the highest rate of opium and heroin seizures according to the United Nations office on drugs and crime. This is what prompted over 20 diplomats representing the UNODC and the mini-Dublin member states to take a closer look at what’s being done. All is in place; from state-of-the-art X-rays machines to a K9 unit with drug sniffing dogs but there’s still more that needs to be done. Comprised of the 27 member states of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, the United States, the European Commission and UNODC, the Dublin Group is an informal consultation body concerned with illicit drugs production and trafficking and demand. The Mini-Dublin Group in the Islamic Republic has the main tasks of compiling local situation reports, facilitating coordination on anti-drug trafficking policies. Iran has constantly called for more international cooperation and especially now that it is facing a tsunami of synthetic drugs mostly Amphetamine type Stimulants.
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