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Head of Counternarcotics Service Ulanbek Sultanov attended the meeting held between Spain and delegations from Central Asian countries on Central Asia Drug Action Programme in Vienna.

The meeting was held as part of the 67th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The Spanish side presented the latest developments and a national anti-drug strategy with a special focus on international cooperation. In addition, the parties exchanged views and expectations on the implementation of the current phase of CADAP.

On March 15, CADAP 7 together with UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia supported the side event for the Kyrgyz Republic on “Innovative approaches in the field of the fight against illicit drug trafficking and prevention in Kyrgyzstan”, where Kyrgyz authorities, CADAP and UNODC shared views, experiences and proposals on introducing new technologies such as hyper-spectral cameras and aerial systems in the fight against illicit drug trafficking.

Ernest Robelló, CADAP Director pointed out that “it is necessary to balance drug strategies in a more balanced way and from a public health perspective“.

On March 16 the side event has been held for Uzbekistan – “Uzbekistan’s Efforts in Promoting a Drug-Free World. Prospects for Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the Anti-Drug Sphere”, where participants shared their views on perspectives for strengthening the regional cooperation based on the mutual trust and understanding and the importance of the regional interconnection.

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