CARICC – IS A STANDING INTERGOVERNMENTAL BODY TO COORDINATE EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL DRUG-RELATED CRIME

Working meeting under “Caspian Sea Initiative”

On May 6, 2009 Liaison Officer of Turkmenistan at CARICC Mr. A. Orazov and a specialist of CARICC analytical division Mr. M. Dovletov took part in a working meeting of the “Caspian Sea Initiative” organized by UNODC in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. At the meeting, Mr. Orazov made a presentation on the activities of CARICC. In the framework of this visit, Mr. Dovletov installed information and analytical software at the State Drug Enforcement Service of Turkmenistan and in Ashgabat office of UNODC. Furthermore, together with Mr. Orazov, the practical training sessions on application of the installed software were carried out. At the same time, the working meetings with the heads of the State Drug Enforcement Service and Boarder Guards of Turkmenistan were held where the issues of Turkmenistan-CARICC

Results of a working meeting on TARCET operation

On 12-13 May, 2009 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan CARICC participated in a high-level planning session for operation TARCET II, organized by the UNODC Regional office for Central Asia and UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan. The meeting was attended by the representatives of 19 countries and also international organizations (WCO, EU, Europol, Interpol, OSCE). 

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Visit of the delegation from China to CARICC

On 14 May, 2009 representatives of the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China (MPS) headed by the deputy Director-General of the Narcotics Control Bureau Mr. Yuejin Liu visited CARICC. 
The delegation was briefed about goals and objectives of the Centre, and also about results for the last year. Issues of cooperation between CARICC and MPS of China in counteracting illicit drug trafficking were discussed. Mr. Liu informed that China was interested in CARICC’s work and a group of experts would be sent to the Centre with the aim to get familiar with CARICC activities and to explore the issue of China’s joining CARICC either as a full member or observer.

Visit of the delegation from Pakistan to CARICC

On 10 May 2009 Mr. K. B. Rind, Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control of Pakistan and Major-General K. A. Jaffery, Director General of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) visited CARICC and met with Mr. Sarsekov, Director of the Centre. 
CARICC Director briefed on CARICC activities, major tasks and achievements of the Centre. CARICC potential and perspectives of future cooperation between the parties were discussed. Mr. Rind underlined the importance of the issue of the regional and international cooperation in the field of countering illicit drug trafficking. ANF of Pakistan as the main anti-narcotic body in the country plays important role in international law enforcement cooperation and conducts international operations, including controlled deliveries. Mr. Jaffery explained the coordinating role of ANF as a unique structure that implements its activities in three main areas: drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction and international cooperation. 
Mr. Rind informed that Pakistan pays specific attention to the issues related to the international cooperation. With the view of globalisation of phenomena of illicit drug trafficking and existing links between drug criminal chains on the different drug trafficking routes need for cooperation of Pakistan with the CARICC members states becomes more important and therefore the issue of obtaining by Pakistan observer status at CARICC would be brought for consideration of the Government of Pakistan. The parties also agree that even before the cooperation between Pakistan and CARICC is formalised and relevant status is granted there are areas such as exchange of information, establishing secure communication links and others where work can start without further delays.
Mr. T. Murshudlu, UNODC Senior Project Coordinator and Mr. T. Mahmud from UNODC Pakistan participated in the meeting.

Working meeting on “Northern Black Sea Route”

The working meeting of the heads of operative divisions of the Ministry of National Security and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security Committee of Kazakhstan, Federal Drug Control Service and Federal Security Service of Russia, State Drug Enforcement Service and Ministry of National Security of Turkmenistan, Turkish National Police, Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, as well as representatives of UNODC and Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC) took place on 4-5 May 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 
The meeting was initiated and organized by UNODC and CARICC to tackle the problems related to transit of Afghan opiates on the so-called “Northern Black Sea Route”.  
The goal of the meeting was to improve the cooperation effectiveness of the law enforcement agencies in identification and dismantling drug smuggling channels from Afghanistan through the northern part of the Black sea using potential of CARICC. 
After discussion of the agenda issues, the participants of the working meeting signed the final document.

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CARICC - Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, established within the Memorandum of Understanding on sub-regional drug control cooperation dated May 4 1996 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

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CARICC is established under the UNODC project TD/RER/H22

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