U.S. explained details of Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative 22 февраля 2012, 19:49
The U.S. is not asking for access to secret data or security-related information of the host country under the program of countering drug trafficking in Central Asia (Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative (CACI), Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of the U.S. embassy in Kazakhstan.
The embassy’s message states that investigative units of the project will be created upon approval of the governments of Central Asian host states and will include 20-25 people from the drug control agencies of the host county. Besides, American officers will be acting under strict control of the host government and comply with the legislation of the host country.
“Each country will determine the pace, development and composition of those units, which will concentrate on disrupting and dismantling of the networks that produce and transport narcotics. Such units already exist in Afghanistan. Development of similar structures in Central Asia would enable an information exchange network of Afghanistan-based units and the units based in Central Asian counties, and facilitate joint work and operations of the country-based units. The units are not going to handle or exchange national secrets or security information. Their purpose is law enforcement only,” the message states.
Earlier Tengrinews.kz English reported that U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kenneth J. Fairfax mentioned the CACI project in the beginning of January. The project includes creation of special task forces for countering drug mafia. Americans will finance and manage the process. Later CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said that creation of the new counternarcotics system is unreasonable as “we have the infrastructure for countering illegal drug trafficking”.