UN, Turkmenistan to expand cooperation in combating drugs
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, April 3 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Olga Zudova, advisor to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (
UNODC), is in Ashgabat. She is having several meetings with the Turkmen government, an official source said.
The meetings have been held at the Majlis (parliament) and the Turkmen Ministry of Health and Medical Industry. The UN representative expressed interest in the further expansion of the productive cooperation to strengthen stability in the region and the world.
The UN delegation plans to hold meetings in a number of other ministries and departments, including the Turkmen State Service for Combating Drugs.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has recently given specific instructions to the relevant heads to take urgent measures to involve public organisations in combating drug abuse.
The Turkmen leader said that the implemented measures in this direction are effective, but despite this some individuals give in to this merciless evil, the government reported.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan. The next action is for the destruction of large quantities of drugs seized during special operations that took place at the area of Kasamly Dzhulge near Ashgabat in December last year.More than 489 kilograms of drugs were destroyed.
Turkmenistan is a participant of three international conventions on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, adopted by the UN in 1961, 1971 and 1988.