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NATO Refuses Russian Request to Destroy Afghan Opium Fields

Comment: In light of the massive volume of broadcasts available on this site about intelligence community involvement in drug trafficking, this should come as no surprise.

“NATO Rejects Russia’s Demand to Destroy Afghan Poppy Fields”; New Europe; 3/26/2010.

NATO and Russia clashed on 24 March over how to tackle the drug problem in Afghanistan, where Western nations have been fighting a Taliban-led insurgency for eight years. The country is the world’s largest producer of poppy seeds, a key ingredient in the manufacture of heroin. Russia is keen to pursue an aggressive eradication strategy, while Western allies fear that such an approach risks antagonizing the local population, who rely on selling poppy crops to survive, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
The different points of view came to a head at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council attended by the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Agency (FSKN), Victor Ivanov and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. “Afghan opiates led to the death of 1 million people by overdose in the last 10 years, and that is United Nations data. Is that not a threat to world peace and security?” Ivanov asked journalists after the meeting.
In his speech to NATO diplomats, a copy of which was handed to the press, Ivanov stressed that “NATO is fully responsible for normalizing the situation in Afghanistan, including the elimination of drug production.”
The Russian official presented a seven-point plan that foresees, among other things, an extension of the UN mandate for NATO troops in Afghanistan that would oblige them to eradicate poppy fields, as well as targeting the Taliban-led insurgency. Ivanov said at least 25 per cent of the opium crop should be destroyed as part of the proposed joint NATO-Russia plan. He added that Marjah, the former Taliban stronghold that NATO troops cleared in recent weeks, offered a “unique opportunity” to start the effort. . . .


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2 comments for “NATO Refuses Russian Request to Destroy Afghan Opium Fields”

  1. Note: Interesting to see that the New Europe website has removed the original article.

    I can attest that the article was there 3 days ago.

    Posted by WRKG | April 12, 2010, 7:47 pm
  2. Spitfire’s link to this article is broken.

    New link for this story at Neurope.eu:

    http://www.neurope.eu/articles/99913.php

    Posted by WRKG | June 8, 2010, 6:46 pm

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