2020 / 03 / 07
On March 6, in Vienna, on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov met with the Director General of the Indian Drug Control Bureau, Rakesh Asthana.
The parties discussed the implementation of the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2018-2023 and the Program of Action for its implementation, exchanged information on the development of the drug situation in the Organization's member states.
V. Norov thanked the interlocutor for his meaningful participation in the high-level joint event “The UN and the SCO in the fight against the threat of drug trafficking: countering the spread of drugs through Darknet.”
The Secretary General praised the Indian side's initiatives to establish cooperation within the SCO to counteract financial flows related to drug trafficking, as well as to train drug treatment specialists in modern methods of prevention and treatment of dependence on psychoactive substances, rehabilitation and re-socialization of drug addicts.
R. Astkhan stated that illegal drug trafficking from both Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle region poses a threat to India. In this regard, New Delhi is interested in suppressing any supply channels of illicit funds and developing appropriate effective measures, including strengthening the protection of maritime and land borders, intensifying the exchange of intelligence, as well as suppressing drug trafficking in the shadow segment of the Internet.
He emphasized that multilateral anti-drug cooperation through the SCO is of great practical importance from the point of view of the exchange of best practices and professional training of the competent authorities by its participants.
During the conversation, the sides also touched upon the participation of the Indian side in the international anti-drug operation “Web” planned as part of the Russian Federation’s chairmanship of the SCO and the Meeting of the Heads of the competent authorities of the SCO member states empowered to combat drug trafficking.