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New York, April 21, IRNA - Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli in his address to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs(April 19-21) called for international action against drug trafficking.
Iran has made lots of sacrifices to block the way of transit of narcotics by organized groups to other countries, he said.
The official underlined that Iran has protected parts of the international community from the danger of addiction.
He called for realization of the goal of collective international action in combating drugs without political considerations.
3800 Iranian policemen have been killed and 12000 injured in the fight against drug traffickers and an average 80 percent of world opium and 40 percent of world heroin and morphine are seized by Iran police, the interior minister said.
He noted that just in 2015, 620 tons of various types of drugs were seized by Iranian police.
Elaborating on the Islamic Republic plans for elimination of drug trafficking and addiction in Iran, Rahmani Fazli said providing the drug traffickers an alternative job and promoting sustainable progress among the societies involved in this business can help elimination of this phenomena.
Iran is ready to host an international conference in Tehran to discuss ways of controlling drug trafficking on the Balkan route, the official said.
He also declared that Iran is ready to execute the bilateral agreements with Afghanistan on opium replacement program in coordination with UNODC.
Rahmani Fazli arrived in New York on Monday to attend the special meeting of UN General Assembly on the world drug problem.
Rahmani Fazli will be in New York till Friday and is scheduled to meet with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov and his counterparts from other countries.