U.S. Govt. Contributes $1 million to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Regional Program for Promoting Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan

U.S. Government Contributes $1 million to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Regional Program for Promoting Counternarcotics Efforts in Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
2012/389

Media Notice

On 14 March in Vienna, Austria, the United States contributed $1 million to Sub-programs I and II to the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries. The U.S. contribution is to be focused on promoting enhanced techniques for the investigation, arrest, and successful prosecution of significant drug traffickers operating in Afghanistan and Central Asia, as well as the disruption of their trafficking networks. UNODC’s work under the Regional Program is
expected to complement the United States’ efforts in the region to
increase the presence of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
officers in region, working closely with national counterparts in each
country, and DEA’s work to promote the development of specialized,
sensitive investigative units within existing national drug control
agencies, services and departments in the region. The DEA already works with similar units in Afghanistan and one of the goals of the U.S. initiative, known as the Central Asian Counternarcotics Initiative
(CACI) is to promote information-sharing and cooperation between Afghan and Central Asian investigative units.

The regional initiative will augment existing U.S. Government
counternarcotics-related assistance to Central Asian governments by
increasing the focus on effective investigations and prosecutions of
significant drug traffickers. The approach will provide additional
counternarcotics assistance to Central Asian governments, including,
where requested, the establishment of specialized units focusing
exclusively on narcotics law enforcement, and promotion of regional
cooperation through the work of UNODC under its regional program and the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center (CARICC), based in Almaty.

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