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UN praises Iran’s campaign against drug trafficking
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am2(205).jpgTEHRAN – The UN anti-drugs chief has praised Iran’s campaign against narcotics trafficking, Reuters reported on Tuesday. 
 
“Iran takes a very active role to fight against illicit drugs,” Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters before an international meeting in Vienna on March 13-14 on global efforts to combat narcotics.
 
In 2012, Iran seized 388 tons of opium, the equivalent of 72 percent of all such seizures around the world.
 
“It is very impressive,” Fedotov said.
 
Because of drug-related executions in Iran, some countries - including Britain and Denmark - have in recent years stopped providing funding for UNODC drug control programs in Iran, Reuters quoted diplomats as saying.
 
But Fedotov made clear the UNODC was not considering halting support for Iran.  
 
“I don’t believe that the international community would welcome this because it would mean, as a possible reaction from Iran, that all these huge quantities of drugs, which are now being seized by Iranians, would flow freely to Europe,” he said.
 
Iran shares a long border with Afghanistan, which supplies about 90 percent of the world’s opium, from which heroin is made. Iran says it has lost many security personnel in skirmishes with drug traffickers in volatile regions bordering also Pakistan.
 
AM/PA

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