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Ambassador Erfani delivers remarks in response to Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Morales

Remarks by H.E. Ayoob M. Erfani in response to the presentation by H.E. Carlos Morales Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala on the outcome document of the 46th Special Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, entitled “Reflections and Guidelines to Formulate and Follow-up on Comprehensive Policies to Address the World Drug Problem in the Americas”

Monday, 19 January 2015


H.E. Ambassador Arthayudh Srisamoot, we wish to welcome you to the Vienna family and congratulate you on assuming your role in the chairmanship of the CND, in this regard we wish you every success.


Let me join previous speakers in welcoming you, Mr. Minister Morales, to the VIC and I wish to thank you for sharing your experiences which is equally important for Afghanistan. We welcome your initiative and pledge our full support.


Afghanistan has been a prime victim of the global menace of illicit narcotics for more than a decade, addressing this menace remains one of our National Priority Programs and the newly formed National Unity Government is committed to contribute our share in combatting this transnational threat.


We believe that illicit narcotics are a global challenge, which require a global approach by all countries in a holistic, balanced and integrated manner, to effectively combat this menace.


We expect from all countries in our region, beyond and the IC as whole, to do their part based on the shared-responsibility principle.


The Government of Afghanistan has taken practical measures at the national level to create a strong legal foundation, to build institutions, to develop policies in key areas of alternative livelihood, law enforcement, demand reduction and public awareness. At regional level we are expanding our efforts on bilateral, trilateral, quadrature as well as other mechanism including the Istanbul Process and at the International level, Afghanistan has joined all relevant regulations and instruments to join the international community addressing the World Drug Problem.


We consider the 2016 UN GASS to be a timely and crucial event to address the World Drug Problem and we are dedicated to play an active part in the preparations for this historic event. The drug problem stands as one of the major challenges for us at the cusp of our Decade of Transformation 2015-2024. The new Government of Afghanistan has particularly high stakes in this process and are dedicated to playing an active part in this historic opportunity to achieving a global consensus to address this global challenge.


Thank you, Mr Chairman.