The 7th Meeting of the Senior Officials of the SCO Member States' Counternarcotics Agencies vested with authority to combat illegal drug trafficking was held in Astana on 14 April 2017. Kazakhstan's Deputy Interior Minister Rashid Zhakupov chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Sultan Kusetov, Head of the Department for Countering Drug Business and Narcotics Control under Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry, Wei Xiaojun, Deputy Director-General of Narcotics Control Department, Ministry of Public Security of China; Azamat Arayev, Head of the Agency for Countering Illegal Drug Trafficking under Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry; Kirill Smurov, First Deputy Director of the General Administration for Drug Control under the Interior Ministry of the Russian Federation; Murtazo Khaidarzoda, Director of the Drug Control Agency under the President of Tajikistan; Akhmed Mansurov, Director of the Drug Information and Analysis Centre under the Cabinet of Uzbekistan, and SCO Deputy Secretary-General Sabyr Imandosov.
The heads of the delegations welcomed the joint event of the UNODC and SCO titled UNODC and the SCO in the Fight Against Drugs: Common Threats and Joint Actions, held in Vienna on 13 March 2017.
During the meeting held in a traditionally friendly and constructive atmosphere, the parties exchanged views on the narcotics situation in the SCO member states, the prospects for developing international cooperation in countering illegal drug trafficking, and on measures to enhance practical interaction of the SCO member states' anti-drug agencies.
The participants noted a steady growth of narcotics production in Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle region, which poses a grave threat to international and regional security and stability and calls for consolidated action by the international community.
It was emphasised that new drug trafficking trends, such as an increased range of drugs on offer and active distribution of new psychoactive substances, the use of modern information and communication technologies, as well as using revenues from drug trafficking as a source of funding for terrorist organisations, are increasingly affecting the systems of national, regional and global security.
In this connection, the officials stressed the need to support and preserve the current international drug control system, as well as to adopt adequate measures to improve the regional narcotics situation.
Agreements were reached on boosting interaction of the SCO member states in combatting illegal drug trafficking, including by joint measures to curb the spread of drug addiction and to counter the narcotics business.
The next meeting will be held in the People's Republic of China.