Afghanistan and neighbours join forces to stop opium trafficking

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Afghanistan and Central Asian countries have agreed to launch a three-year programme to improve counter-narcotics efforts and regional stability, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The launch follows Monday's international conference held in Bonn, Germany to set the future course for Afghanistan, after foreign troops leave in 2014.

One hundred thousand people die each year from opium consumed and produced in Afghanistan.

It's become a serious threat to stability in the region, says UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov.

"I hope that the regional programme which is sort of a strategic framework for what we are doing in this region and for what we plan to do could help engage all countries in the region a more meaningful and close cooperation along the line of the concept of the shared responsibility."

Duration: 21''

Over the past five years, Afghanistan has produced some 90 per cent of the world’s illicit opium.

This year, the country witnessed a seven per cent upturn in cultivation, according to UNODC's latest survey.

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