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According to invitation of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the CARICC delegation headed by Director A. Yazlyev is taking part in the Fifty-fifth Session of the Subcommission on Illicit Drug Trafficking and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East (November 22-25, Ashgabat).

During the event, the Director of CARICC met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan, a member of the Council of National Coordinators of the CARICC member states M. Khydyrov.

At the meeting, CARICC Director A. Yazlyev informed about the main activities of the Center, the results achieved and plans for the near future.

The parties discussed issues of interaction between the competent authorities of Turkmenistan and CARICC through the exchange of information on the drug situation and the fight against cross-border organized drug crime.

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As part of the regional operations "Reflex" and "Substitution", on November 11-13, 2022, CARICC specialists, together with the Mongolian liaison officer at CARICC in Ulaanbaatar, held working meetings with representatives of the competent authorities of Mongolia on expanding cooperation.

Responsible officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Border Guard Service of the MID, the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Customs Service under the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia participated in the events organized on the basis of the Ulaanbaatar City Hall.

During the working meetings, the specialists of the Center presented information about the potential of CARICC as an international organization that coordinates the efforts of the member states at the regional level to combat drug trafficking, presented the results of the RO "Reflex-2021" and "Substitution. Phase 2”, as well as plans for the implementation of the next stages of these regional operations aimed at combating the spread of new psychoactive substances, psychotropic substances and other synthetic drugs, as well as identifying and suppressing the smuggling of precursors.

CARICC experts brought to the representatives of the competent authorities of Mongolia the results of the analysis of the emerging drug situation in the Central Asian region and the impact of the military-political situation in Afghanistan on it.

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On November 8 and 9, 2022, in Astana, Kazakhstan, within the framework of the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan and neighboring countries (Regional Program), a regular meeting of the Regional Working Group on Forensics and Illicit Drugs was held. The meeting brought together senior forensic experts and law enforcement officials to share best practices in drug analysis and investigation, as well as to plan regional operations and develop joint regional drug investigations. The meeting was attended by 28 experts and officials from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC) and representatives of the Laboratory and Scientific Support Section (LSS) of UNODC.

At the meeting, the participants shared information about the drug situation in 2021-2022 and major seizures of drugs, spoke about the activities of national forensic laboratories and drug examinations carried out, as well as about the technical aspects and problems of forensic medical examination of new psychoactive substances (NPS).

As a result of the meeting, the countries made proposals for further strengthening regional cooperation in the field of forensic medical examination and countering drug trafficking, expressed interest in joining the UNODC International Joint Exercises (ICE). Participants stressed the importance and success of the now annual Operation Reflex to counter NPS and synthetic drugs, which is coordinated through CARICC and supported by the UNODC Regional Program. In addition, countries emphasized the need for advanced training courses for forensic experts.

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According to invitation of the Executive Committee of the SCO RATS, the delegation of CARICC, consisting of Director A. Yazlyev and Advisor/Head of the Information analytical division A. Erkaboev, took part at the Eighth International Conference on Cooperation in the Field of Combating International Terrorism and Extremism between the SCO Member States and Observer States (November 8-9, 2022, Tashkent).

During the event the issues of national experience and international cooperation in the field of countering terrorism and extremism in the SCO member states were discussed. In addition, measures to counteract the spread of terrorist and extremist ideology and the use of achievements of information and communication technologies for terrorist and extremist purposes were discussed.

During his speech, CARICC Director A. Yazlyev drew attention to the relationship between terrorism and drug trafficking and proposed to intensify the interaction between CARICC and the SCO RATS Executive Committee through the exchange of information and the study of urgent problems on this issue.

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On November 2, 2022, in Almaty, a meeting was held between the Joint Working Group of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors and the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

At the meeting, the participants exchanged views on the emerging drug situation in the Central Asian region and Afghanistan in 2021 and the first half of 2022. Topical problems of the relationship between terrorism and drug trafficking, including in the field of financing terrorism with funds obtained from drug trafficking, are considered.

 As a result of the event, relevant recommendations were prepared for the competent authorities of the RATS SCO and CARICC member states.

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On October 27, 2022, on the basis of CARICC, the regular annual working meeting of the steering committees established under the UNODC component of the Border Cooperation Program in Central Asia was held in a hybrid format.

The working meeting was attended by representatives of border agencies, customs services, ministries of internal and foreign affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as experts from the UNODC Program Offices in Central Asia and CARICC.

During this event, the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Ms. Ashita Mittal, the Director of CARICC, Mr. Miralizoda Rustam Aziz, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Jun Yamada, delivered a welcoming speech.

The session was moderated by the International Coordinator of the UNODC Program in Central Asia, Mr. Yusuf Kurbonov.

During the meeting, delegations provided information on the implementation of the UNODC Program component and its impact on the situation in the field of border security and cross-border cooperation in the region, the activities of the established centers for coordination and monitoring of border interaction offices, as well as information on the results achieved, including planned activities provided under the Border Cooperation Component.

As a result of the event, the main priorities of the competent authorities of the Central Asian states to strengthen state borders were identified, recommendations were developed containing regional responses, including a strategy and joint action plans, including the further development of the UNODC Program component using the potential of CARICC.

The participants stressed the importance of interaction through the expansion of international cooperation, the exchange of positive experience and the further development of relations in the field of border security and combating transnational drug crime.

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On October 26, 2022 in Almaty, the CARICC delegation headed by the Acting Director Mr. Yazlyev A.O. took part in the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Program of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for the countries of Central Asia for 2022-2025.

This meeting was organized by the Regional Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia with the assistance of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The main purpose of the event was to discuss the main achievements of the UNODC Program for Central Asia in 2021-2022, as well as agree on the Work Plan for 2023 under the Program.

The event was attended by heads and employees of prosecution authorities, border agencies, customs services, ministries of internal and foreign affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, international partners, donors, as well as experts from the UNODC Program Offices in Central Asia and CARICC.

Welcoming remarks were made by the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Ms. Ashita Mittal, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kairat Umarov, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan, Ms. Michaela Friberg-Storey.

The experts of the UNODC Program Offices in Central Asia presented the project Action Plans for 2023 for the implementation of the five components of the UNODC Program for the countries of Central Asia for 2022-2025.

In addition, the participants and heads of delegations presented presentations and reports on the main areas of cooperation with UNODC, in particular, the provision of advisory and logistical assistance, including the organization of training seminars and training sessions for employees of the competent authorities in the region, as well as a number of proposals for consideration and their possible inclusion in the draft UNODC 2023 Action Plan.

The participants emphasized the importance of interaction through the expansion of international cooperation, the exchange of positive experience and the further development of relations in the field of combating transnational organized crime.

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On October 25, 2022, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors (CARICC) hosted a meeting of CARICC staff with the expert of the Monitoring Group for Analytical Support and Enforcement of Sanctions of the UN Security Council Mr. Ashetov Talgat.

Analysts of the Information and Analytical Division, Mr. Anuar Yergazin and Mr. Avazzoda Barzu, as well as a specialist of the Division to coordinate international operations, including controlled deliveries, Mr. Elzod Rakhmatov, took part from CARICC.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged information on the ongoing work to combat drug trafficking, including in terms of the latest trends taking place on drug trafficking routes from Afghanistan, as well as countering terrorism.

In addition, CARICC analyst Mr. Avazzoda Barzu showed a presentation on the topic: “The drug situation in Afghanistan and Central Asian countries in 2021”.

The meeting participants also discussed a number of current and future issues which are in the mutual interest.

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