UN praises Iran's role in campaign against drugs trafficking

( Irna ) - Representative of the United Nations Office for Drug Control (UNODC) in Iran here Monday praised Iran's role in campaign against narcotic drugs trafficking, saying "Its unique." Roberto Arbitrio made the comment at a commemoration service held for the top NGOs involved in anti-narcotic drug campaign, adding, "Iran's significant role in this field is due to two reasons: firstly because Iran is a pioneer in discovery of smuggled narcotics, and secondly due to the successful policies adopted by this country in campaign against trafficking."

He added, "We have reached consensus with the Iranian officials that the narcotic drugs problem in Afghanistan is quite serious and we have come up with the shared conclusion that different countries need to cooperate in order to solve that acute problem."

Arbitrio reiterated, "Only a fully balanced approach would enable us to keep up our campaign against the drugs pouring out from Afghanistan today."

Focusing on the role played by the NGOs in that respect, he said, "The NGOs play a key role in decrease demand, and they are therefore considered among the main pillars in this campaign."

Representative of UNODC in Iran said, "I admit that the UN has to spend more severe efforts in this respect, and that Iran's efforts against narcotic drugs trafficking should be praised more than before."

He said that Iran's conduct can serve as an appropriate model for the other countries in their anti-narcotics campaign and that many countries are now willing to be benefitted from Iran's experience in this respect.

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