CSTO should help fight Afghan drugs - Russian drug enforcement officer

The Russian Federal Drug Control Service has proposed that drug control units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) be attached to the CSTO Collective Operative Reaction Force (CORF).

The Russian Federal Drug Control Service has proposed that drug control units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) be attached to the CSTO Collective Operative Reaction Force (CORF).

"In view of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pullout from Afghanistan, the CSTO is the only body capable of resisting emerging challenges and threats coming from Afghanistan," Russian Federal Drug Control Service first deputy head Vladimir Kalanda said at a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Parliamentary Assembly Council on Tuesday.

The attachment of drug control units to the CSTO CORF "will enhance the efficiency of drug control efforts. Besides, CSTO units should take part in anti-drug operations within the CSTO," Kalanda said.

The annual CSTO anti-drug operation 'Canal' "has demonstrated its effectiveness," he said. Some 280 tonnes of drugs have been seized thanks to the operation, he added.

Russia will support Central Asian republics bordering on Afghanistan in their struggle against drug trafficking, Kalanda said.

"Tighter security on the so-called northern drug trafficking route will be a priority of the Federal Drug Control Service," he said.

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