Minister calls on world states to contribute more assistance to Iran’s war on drugs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called on the global community to help the country in its relentless fight against drug trafficking.

“The international community should help Iran in fighting narcotics through more efforts and playing a greater role to this end,” Rahmani Fazli, also head of the Anti-Drug Headquarters, said, addressing the 57th annual meeting of the UN Narcotics Commission on Wednesday.

He pointed to the seizure of more than 500 tons of narcotics in Iran in the current Iranian year (will end March 20), and said, “We hope that we can explain the Islamic Republic of Iran’s outstanding role in campaign against drug trafficking, which is an important and international role, at this meeting.”

Rahmani Fazli also referred to Iran’s cooperation with international bodies in the combat on drug traffickers and transit of illicit drugs, and said, “We have dedicated many martyrs on the path of stopping and impeding transit of narcotics in Eastern Iran and we have made a lot of social costs, and we hope that we could attract attention to this issue and create convergence at this meeting.”

Tehran has always complained about the EU and other international bodies’ lack of serious cooperation with Iran in the campaign against drug trafficking from Afghanistan.

Elaborating on Iran’s achievements in its lone campaign against drug and international drug-traffickers, Rahmani Fazli said Iran has discovered over 450 tons of different types of narcotics only in the past nine months.

“And this volume of discovery shows a 20 percent rise compared with the figures of the corresponding period in the last year,” he added

According to the UNODC World Drug Report 2013, Iran accounted for the highest rate of opium seizures (80 percent) as well as heroin seizures (30 percent) in the world this year.

According to official estimates, Iran’s battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually. Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals, building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal the country’s borders, specially in the East.

Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.

Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.

By Fars News Agency


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