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Baramidze: Abkhazia and South Ossetia are territories of drug trafficking2011-03-05 13:06
Vice PM of the Georgian government, State Minister for Integration in European and Euro-Atlantic structures Giorgy Baramidze referred to South Ossetia and Abkhazia as to the territories that are potentially dangerous in terms of drug traffic expansion in the region.gt-en-newsitem-inside
International Drug Control Union acting under the UN's aegis has revealed an annual report on the situation in the sphere of drug turnover control. According to the report cited by GHN, in 2010, representatives of the organization worked in ten world countries including Georgia.
Union experts stressed the most important points concerning the drug turnover in the country. The leading position is occupied by pharmaceuticals and drugs produced by crude methods.
According to the experts, Georgia has not yet got a clearly-stated and well-balanced national drug control policy, even despite the fact that the country has signed three international agreements on drugs control. International Drug Control Union recommends Georgia to expand preventive measures in this field, as well as develop the most efficient and productive rehabilitation programs and programs aimed at social support of drug takers in Georgia.
U.S. State Department officers expressed their concern about the drug traffic situation in Georgia in connection with the facilitation of the visa regime between Georgia and Iran. "If no relevant checkup and examination is in place, this agreement might increase the drug flow to Georgia. It looks quite probable, for 40% of Afghan opium goes through Iran", - goes the report of the U.S. State Department. - There are serious grounds to believe that drug dealers use new facilitated routes between Georgia and Iran".
In his turn, Georgy Baramidze assures that the main danger of the drug transit expansion in the region is represented by Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to Novosti-Georgia, he also underlined that the facilitation of the visa regime between Georgia and Iran won't entail a sharp increase of the drug traffic. "Any transparency and openness in the visa procedures is potentially dangerous; still, Georgia activates international cooperation in drug control and enforces law-enforcement structures", - he underlined.
It should be noted that President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity has recently stated that the country's authorities take severe measures in struggling with the drugs distribution in the republic. Kokoity underlined that there are no more spots in South Ossetia where one can buy hard drugs. "We've taken severe measures. Since 14, a person is criminally responsible for drug taking and is punished for 1-4 years. There are no hard drugs in the territory of RSO. We fight this evil disconcertingly", - he said.