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On the meeting in CARICC with Lisa A. Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

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In Almaty on 23 September 2022, CARICC delegation met with the US delegation headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Ms Lisa A. Johnson.

At the meeting, CARICC Director R. Miralizoda informed the American side about the current activities, achievements and proposed initiatives of the Center, which is one of the large-scale projects of UNODC.

It was noted that since 2020, under the coordination of CARICC, together with partners, 7 short-term anti-drug operations have been successfully carried out, more than 700 kg of drugs have been seized. Currently, CARICC acts as a link in the planning and implementation of four more operational developments.

Director of the Center drew attention to the analysis of the information received by CARICC, which testifies to the deterioration of the drug situation in the region, primarily in relation to the threat of the spread of synthetic drugs, including using the Internet.

Taking into account the development of the drug situation in the region against the background of the current situation in Afghanistan, it was proposed to make wider use of CARICC's capabilities to implement new UNODC initiatives in Central Asia.

In turn, Ms Lisa A. Johnson said that the United States has been one of the main donors to CARICC since the launch of the UNODC project "On the Establishment of CARICC". She expressed hope for the further development of CARICC together with its member states in organizing its activities and conducting anti-drug operations. She noted that the joint funding of the Center by its member states will be the next stage in the development of CARICC as a regional information and coordination tool to combat transnational challenges and drug trafficking threats.

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