Let me begin by extending my delegation’s heartfelt congratulations to you and other colleagues in the Bureau on your election. We are confident that under your skillful leadership, the Committee will have fruitful deliberations. I pledge my delegation’s full support and cooperation in the discharge of your responsibilities.
My delegation associates itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of Belarus on behalf of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) under Agenda Item 105: Crime prevention and criminal justice.
The severity and magnitude of the problems associated with illicit drugs production and trafficking, is a clear indication of ever increasing global menace threatening international stability and security. Prevention of illicit drug trafficking, which has turned into a breeding ground for terrorism and international organized crime, demands that the entire international community resort to complex and coordinated measures. The international community must coordinate measures aimed at reducing drugs demand and supply, and integrate the efforts undertaken in this area at the national and regional levels into the international strategy for control over narcotics.
We believe that one of the conditions for an effective response to this challenge is establishment of a global multilevel system of international cooperation with the United Nations as a coordinating centre. Based on these principles and on the basis of advanced world experience Tajikistan developed its anti-drug strategy that includes short-term and long-term action programmes, collaboration and cooperation on bilateral and multilateral basis. Adopted in February 2013, the State antinarcotics strategy for the period 2013-2020 defines the main directions and tasks of state policy in the fight against illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse prevention.
The Drug Control Agency under the President, created with the active support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the donor countries, has been successfully operating in the country for 15 years. Antidrug interaction with the neighboring states, including within the regional organization, has been efficiently developing. By the initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon the regional antinarcotics conference is going to be convened in the city of Dushanbe in 2015, a year before the UN General Assembly Special session on drugs.
The proposals of the Conference participants will become a joint contribution to the development of modern international policy on combating drugs. We do count on the support of this Conference on the part of the UN, interested states and international organizations. In this regard, we attach enormous significance to the coordination of joint efforts with Afghanistan in counteracting drugs and in other areas.
Concluding, I would like to stress that during the period of its membership in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (2014-2017) Tajikistan intends to strengthen and expand cooperation with other member states, international and regional organizations in the implementation of international conventions on narcotic drugs, the Political Declaration and the Action Plan on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the world drug problem.
I thank you.