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Journal of Addiction Research

West not committed to principle of joint responsibility in counter-narcotics: Official

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London, March 15, IRNA - The secretary general of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters in a meeting with Deputy Director General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna Yuri Fedotov said that the countries of destination, especially the western countries, are not committed to the principle of joint responsibility in the fight against drugs and have forgotten it.

At a meeting held on the sidelines of the Annual Meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Eskandar Momeni expressed his satisfaction with the approval of the Ministerial Statement of the 62th Summit of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019, expressing hope that the new political document could help to implementation of commitments promised over the past decade.

He submitted a report on the measures of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fight against drugs in 2018 and said that, in spite of the US unlawful, cruel, unilateral sanctions and lack of international assistance to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2018, it discovered more than 800 tons of drugs, 45 tons of which were heroin and morphine, and last month discovered 600 kilos of heroin destined to Italy.

Fedotov, for his part, praised the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fight against narcotics and said that Iran's commitment to this struggle has been identified and documented, in particular, in the documents of the UNODC office.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General went on to say, 'In international documents, the amount of discoveries in Iran is higher than that of all the countries of the world, and Iran is preventing the transfer of narcotics to other countries of the world, and it represents a large part of its contribution to the global fight against narcotics.'

Fedotov also said that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has made many efforts to attract more funding, increase cooperation and support for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and recently Japan has provided approximately $900,000 to the country's program because we are aware of the benefits that donating countries make.

IRNA:2019.03.15