Azerbaijan to appeal to UN over drug cultivation in country’s occupied territories

Azerbaijan to appeal to UN over drug cultivation in country’s occupied territories

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 June / Trend, E. Mehtiev /

Azerbaijan will direct an appeal to the United Nations in connection with the cultivation of drugs in the occupied territories of the country, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov said on Thursday.

Armenia, as well as international organizations assisting and defending it, have formed the opinion that it is necessary to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ali Hasanov said.

If the G8 leaders, who gather to discuss and find solutions to global problems, pay attention to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it shows once again that this conflict is a problem and a tragedy for the whole world, Hasanov said.

"Finally, we can say that the world, especially the heads of the co-chairing countries understand that if the solution to this problem is not found and it is not resolved in the shortest possible time, it can turn into a tragedy and a terrible problem for the whole world," the chairman of the State Committee said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that drugs are cultivated in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, and these areas have turned into an international transit route for Afghan drugs.

"Terrorist groups directed to different conflict zones are formed in these areas. Recently, the Ministry of National Security has detained several persons involved in drug trafficking. They admitted that narcotics have been grown in these territories. The President and the Government of Azerbaijan have been raising this issue at international events since 1998, noting similar cases and facts in these areas. This again suggests that the world is in some sense is indifferent to such facts. This indifference could lead to serious problems for these states in the future. We will send a new appeal to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in connection with this problem in the near future," Hasanov said.

Chairman of the State Committee noted that a need for monitoring of the area will be mentioned in the appeal so that this issue once and for all is reflected in the documents of the United Nations.

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