U.S. eyeing secret data of Kazakhstan intelligence forces 19 февраля 2012, 12:31
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Assistant SecretaryWilliam R. Brownfield. Photo courtesy of rus.azattyq.org
The U.S. have prepared a new project for countering Afghan drug trafficking that will involve five Central Asia states: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Kommersant writes.
The project called Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative (CACI) includes creation of special task forces for countering drug mafia. Americans will finance and manage the process.
The United States were planning to present their initiative on Thursday in Vienna during the Ministers Conference of the Paris Pact, the major international forum on countering Afghan drug trafficking. According to the magazine, the project would give Washington access to Central Asian states' information that would “enable them to blackmail the authorities of the countries”. The Kremlin is confident that this initiative is intended to enhance the military-political presence of the U.S. in the region that is considered part of Moscow’s sphere of influence.
The initiative is based on use of American special forces. According to the U.S., they will have a wide range of authorities and, most important, full access to operative and secret information of the military and intelligence forces of Central Asian countries.
However, the decision was made to postpone announcement of the idea, because Russia is very likely to object to this American idia. Besides, Russia succeeded in convincing its CSTO allies to stay away from the project.
Nevertheless, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield said that Americans are planning to push their initiative forward to have it adopted this March.
U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kenneth J. Fairfax mentioned the CACI project in the beginning of January.