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Afghan president condemns US-Russia drugs operation
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 963 days ago | Saturday, 30th October , 2010 , 19:48 [pm] | International
|.|| Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday demanded an explanation from NATO’s command in Afghanistan for a drugs raid carried out by the United States and Russia without his government’s permission.
“No organization or institution has the right to carry out such military operations inside the territory of our country without permission and agreement from the Islamic Government
Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday demanded an explanation from NATO’s command in Afghanistan for a drugs raid carried out by the United States and Russia without his government’s permission.
“No organization or institution has the right to carry out such military operations inside the territory of our country without permission and agreement from the Islamic Government of Afghanistan,” a statement from his office said.
“Afghanistan condemns this act by NATO and announces that such unilateral operations are a clear violation of Afghan sovereignty as well as international law, and any repetition will be met by the required reaction from our side.”
The statement said Karzai had ordered an investigation by the ministries of defense and interior, to report back to him by Saturday night.
Moscow’s senior drugs control official said on Friday that Russia and the United States had destroyed four drug laboratories in their first joint anti-drug operation in Afghanistan.
The raid netted more than a ton of heroin and morphine worth 250 million dollars, as well as equipment, Viktor Ivanov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
The report said Afghan interior ministry officials had been involved in the operation.
Russia frequently criticizes what it describes as the inadequate anti-drug policies of United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, leading to an increased flow of drugs into Russia through Central Asia.
Ivanov travelled to Washington last week to discuss co-operation in fighting drug trafficking and accused the United States of failing to destroy heroin laboratories and crack down on poppy-growing landowners.
Russian drug control authorities have estimated that 30,000 Russians died in 2009 from using Afghan heroin, and that a million have died in the past decade.
Afghanistan produces and supplies most of the world’s opium in an industry estimated to be worth almost three billion dollars a year, which helps fund the Taliban-led insurgency.alarabiya, Voice of a Nation