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Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Morocco Calls for Shared Responsibility to Fight Drug Trafficking

Vienna  -  
The fight against the new modus operandi used by drug traffickers and the new transnational criminal networks requires a closer international cooperation, Morocco's ambassador to Austria, Lotfi Bouchaara, said Tuesday in Vienna, noting that "countries that refuse regional cooperation bear the responsibility for the development of these criminal networks".
Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Morocco Calls for Shared Responsibility to Fight Drug Trafficking
13 March 2018

Speaking at the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the diplomat underlined the need for a comprehensive approach focused on prevention, the fight against crime, alternative development programs and cross-cutting issues, including human rights.

'It is essential that the reports made by the United Nations take into account these new realities,'' he said, noting that Morocco, as a result of its unique geographical location, is at the forefront of the global fight against drug trafficking and psychotropic substances.

The diplomat underlined in this regard the determination of the Moroccan authorities in their fight against this scourge.

Bouchaara, who is also Morocco’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, warned against connections between criminal groups and terrorists, and also between drug traffickers and separatist groups.

The ambassador recalled that Moroccan authorities seized in a single operation in 2017 a record haul of cocaine of 2.5 tons and succeeded afterwards in dismantling an international trafficking network.

Moreover, Morocco also seizes on a regular basis psychotropic substances on its eastern border, which amounted to more than one million psychotropic pills in 2016 and 2017, he pointed out.

The security situation in the Sahel-Saharan region must be given a specific attention by the international community, he said, adding that Morocco supports the efforts of the G5 Sahel force aimed in particular at securing borders in the region.

The diplomat, who shed the light on Morocco’s efforts in the fight against drug trafficking, said that these efforts are also aimed at preventing addictive behaviors.

The Kingdom’s long-term strategy in this fight includes management of health care for drug users as well as their rehabilitation and social reintegration, the gradual elimination of illicit crops, prevention, the implementation of alternative development programs in the illicit crops-growing territories in addition to sustainable socio-economic and structuring projects as well as the strengthening of regional and international cooperation, he said.

The diplomat also mentioned the several addiction centres set up by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity in partnership with the Interior and the Health ministries.

Bouchaara, who reiterated Morocco's commitment to the principle of shared and joint responsibility as the basis for international cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, pointed out that "inflammatory statements are useless.” 

And what matters most are the political will and the commitment to work hand in hand to address a challenge that has become global, away from political instrumentalization, he pointed out.

The 61st session of the CND will run through March 16, 2018.

The CND was established by Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to assist the ECOSOC in supervising the application of the international drug control treaties. In 1991, the General Assembly (GA) expanded the mandate of the CND to enable it to function as the governing body of the UNODC. 

Last modified : 13 March 2018

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