Vienna, 19 March 2019
At the Ministerial Segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which was held from 14 to 15 March 2019 in Vienna, Austria, the Head of the Delegation of Afghanistan, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman, delivered a statement on the progress made and the challenges remaining in Afghanistan in counter narcotics efforts. The need for a full-fledge strategy that brings all the Afghan counter-narcotic efforts into one framework was emphasized. It was noted that the World Drug Problem requires a comprehensive, multifaceted, and concerted actions by all Member States at national, regional, and international level.
In his statement Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman highlighted that illicit production, manufacture, trafficking in and diversion of drugs and precursors as well as state-sponsored narco-terrorism, transnational organized crime and the growing drug market are the most pressing issues of our time that continue to destabilize international peace and security. He also underscored that in Afghanistan, a country facing imposed conflict for over four decades, the nexus between narcotics and insecurity is well reflected in various UNODC and INCB reports.
On the margins of the Ministerial Segment the delegation of Afghanistan held several bilateral meetings with Dr. Viroj Sumyai, President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB); Mr. Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary Gene; Mr. Sherkhon Salimzoda, Director of the Drug Control Agency and a trilateral meeting with the heads of the delegations of the USA and Pakistan.
On Monday 18 March The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted high level Side-Event entitled “The Symbiotic Relationship between Insecurity and Opium Production in Afghanistan and the Peace Process as a Potential Solution” chaired by H.E. Khojasta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan in Vienna, became an important forum for the presentation of the latest efforts in the peace negotiations with the Taliban with a focus on the consequences on the future of counter narcotics activities.
In the meanwhile, the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna together with Japan and the Russian Federation co-sponsored, another High-Level Side-Event entitled the“Trilateral Partnership in support of counter-narcotics efforts of Afghanistan.”