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UN wants ‘flood of drugs’ in Afghanistan to devalue opium

Posted By admin On May 26, 2009 @ 10:12 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Jon Boone
London Guardian [1]
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a “flood of drugs” in the country intended to destroy the value of opium and force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops such as wheat.

After the failure to destroy fields of the scarlet flowers in Afghanistan’s volatile south, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the answer is to stop the drugs from leaving the country in the first place.

“Manual eradication is incompetent and inefficient,” UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said during a visit to the western Afghan province of Herat. “So we want to see more efforts to stop the flow of drugs across Afghanistan’s borders and the hitting of high-value targets to create a market disruption.


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“We want to create a flood of drugs within Afghanistan. There will be so much opium inside Afghanistan unable to go out that the price will go down.”

Officials admit that the plan is a second-best solution to intensive eradication campaigns. Last year the Afghan government succeeded in destroying only 3.5% of Afghanistan’s 157,000 hectares of poppy because eradication teams were either attacked or bought off by local drug lords. But the attempt to use brute economics to tackle the country’s $4bn (£2.5bn) narcotics industry instead is fraught with problems – not least Afghanistan’s thousands of miles of porous borders.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/25/drugs-united-nations-afghanistan

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[3] Opium Cultivation Rose This Year in Afghanistan, U.N. Survey Shows: http://www.prisonplanet.com/opium-cultivation-rose-this-year-in-afghanistan-u-n-survey-shows.html

[4] War on drugs revealed as total hoax – US military admits to guarding, assisting lucrative opium trade in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/war-on-drugs-revealed-as-total-hoax-us-military-admits-to-guarding-assisting-lucrative-opium-trade-in-afghanistan.html

[5] Afghanistan opium production set to rise 61%: UN: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-opium-production-set-to-rise-61-un.html

[6] Afghanistan: high expectations of record opium crop: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-high-expectations-of-record-opium-crop.html

[7] Afghanistan opium production reaches 6,900 tons: http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghanistan-opium-production-reaches-6900-tons.html

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