Kuwait has ‘chalked up’ many suc­cesses in tack­ling nar­cotics

En­voy sheds light on UN drugs com­mit­tee tasks

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

VI­ENNA, March 14, (KUNA): The United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on Nar­cotic Drugs plays a key role in map­ping out UN strate­gies for com­bat­ing drugs world­wide, af­firmed the State of Kuwait Am­bas­sador to Aus­tria.

Sadiq Marafi, also Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN in Vi­enna, said in a state­ment to KUNA on Wed­nes­day that the com­mit­tee, which has turned into the cen­tral agency for work­ing out anti-drug poli­cies, refers its de­ci­sions to the UN Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion.

Am­bas­sador Mar­ifi, who was speak­ing on side­lines of the com­mis­sion 61st ses­sion, touched on Kuwait’s mea­sures for fight­ing nar­cotics, not­ing that it has inked the UN three con­ven­tions for this ob­jec­tive.

More­over, Kuwait par­tic­i­pates in the an­nual ses­sion by the UN com­mis­sion to en­rich its ex­pe­ri­ence and par­take in mak­ing de­ci­sions that are in har­mony with the state poli­cies at the se­cu­rity, health and med­i­cal lev­els.

Al­though Kuwait closely co­or­di­nates with the UN agen­cies in this field, he has in­di­cated there must be re­spect for the na­tional sovereignty prin­ci­ple, non-in­ter­ven­tion in states’ do­mes­tic af­fairs, with con­sid­er­a­tion to coun­tries’ unique cul­tures and so­cial norms.


Com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties in Kuwait, namely the Min­istry of In­te­rior, have made great ac­com­plish­ments in com­bat­ing nar­cotics, he said, in­di­cat­ing that the Kuwaiti ef­forts have been in line with work­ing plans by the UN com­mis­sion and its 2009 Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion in this re­spect.

Ac­cord­ing to the dec­la­ra­tion, mem­ber states must honor in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions for fac­ing chal­lenges em­a­nat­ing from the global drugs’ is­sue.

As to the cur­rent ses­sion, he has in­di­cated that the con­fer­ees have been look­ing into prepa­ra­tions for a min­is­te­rial meet­ing dur­ing the next ses­sion for ex­am­in­ing the 10-year strat­egy end­ing in 2019 — the dead­line set by the dec­la­ra­tion to stem spread of drugs and il­le­gal trade in ec­stasy pills.

The com­mis­sion 61st ses­sion kicked off on Mon­day, with par­tic­i­pa­tion of min­is­ters, se­nior of­fi­cials and ex­perts.

They are dis­cussing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2009 Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion and Plan of Ac­tion to com­bat the global drug prob­lem, fol­low up on out­come of the 30th ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on the is­sue.

The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion, headed by Am­bas­sador Marafi, in­cludes Colonel Mo­ham­mad Qabazard, Col Fa­had Al-Badr from the Drugs Con­trol Gen­eral Depart­ment in ad­di­tion to mem­bers of the Kuwaiti per­ma­nent mis­sions in Vi­enna.

Sadiq Marafi

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