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U.S. issues $4.2mln for Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative

10 October 2011

www.trend.az of 10/10/2011  - Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield said the United States issued $4.2 million for the new partnership program-Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative, the U.S. Department of State reported. 

The Central Asian States also face a significant threat from illicit narcotic drugs transiting the region, Brownfield said at the meeting of the Third Committee of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly last week.  

He recalled that the United States recently announced a new partnership program, the Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative, to improve the effective investigation, prosecution and conviction of traffickers by counternarcotics agencies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Brownfield said the United States will work in close cooperation with existing regional programs, including those of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center.

Washington has unveiled a plan in mid 2011 to help combat the flow of drugs from Afghanistan, through Central Asia, and into Russia.

The plan envisions the establishment of counternarcotics task forces in the five Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - which would communicate with similar existing units in Afghanistan and Russia.

The seven groups would share sensitive information, improve coordination on joint and cross-border operations, and help build cases against wanted or arrested traffickers.