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Tehran, April 19, IRNA – Anti-drug measures taken by Iran significantly contributes to stopping drug-transit to Europe and the United States, says Iran's Interior Minister.
Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who doubles as the secretary general of the country's Drug Control Headquarters, regretted the lack of contributions by the EU countries in addressing drug trafficking and their failure to earmark needed credits and supply resources.
Taking effective measures against drug trafficking occurring along the Balkan Route requires serious cooperation by the EU countries that fall within the drug trafficking zone, Rahmani Fazli told Yury Fedotov Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday.
'They should actively cooperate on controlling drug delivery, money laundering, tracking financial resources, seizing and confiscating the possessions of the international traffickers, identifying drug kingpins and sharing intelligence regarding the activities of the criminal groups and drug traffickers,' he said.
Rahmani Fazli criticized the EU countries for failing to support Afghan farmers to sustain their livelihood by launching opium replacement programs in Afghanistan which is the main source for producing narcotics transited to Europe and the US.
On his part, the UNODC executive director expressed satisfaction over the tripartite initiative by Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan to address the drug-transit problem.
Fedotov also praised Iran as the strategic partner of the UNODC and the global society.
'The UNODC will go on with its support member countries and especially its backing of the Islamic Republic,' he said.
Rahmani Fazli is in New York to participate in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly on drug trafficking.