Disrupt drug-trafficking from Afghanistan and dismantle transnational crime organizations.
Establish government networks to enhance investigation, prosecution and conviction of traffickers.
Promote regional cooperation for successful joint and cross-border operations.
Build forensic, investigative and prosecutorial capacity to identify and arrest leaders of drug-trafficking organizations.
Develop counter-narcotics task forces to enable meaningful law enforcement cooperation.
The Central Asian states that border Afghanistan are facing a significant threat from illicit narcotic drugs transiting from Afghanistan.
Violent extremist groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan threaten stability in the region, with drug trafficking providing a significant source of their funding.
The United States Government is committed to partnering with Central Asia to counter these threats.
The Central Asia Counternarcotics Initiative (CACI) will improve the ability of Central Asian countries to disrupt drug trafficking originating from Afghanistan and dismantle related criminal organizations through effective investigation, prosecution and conviction of mid to high level traffickers.
CACI will focus on regional cooperation and help establish counter-narcotics task forces that will serve as an impetus for further reform, facilitate increased information sharing, and form a foundation for further institutional capacity building.
The Department of State has identified $4.2 million to support counternarcotics agencies in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is anticipated that additional U.S. government resources will be selected to support this program as it further develops.
This assistance is in addition to approximately $14 million which INL provides on a bilateral basis for law enforcement and rule of law programs in Central Asia.
The U.S. will continue to support a broad spectrum of activities against drug trafficking by;
Supporting development of legislative revisions to allow for the implementation of drug task forces in the region;
Providing training and equipment to drug control agencies and units to assist them to support and develop dedicated drug investigative tasks forces;
Assisting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to increase its counternarcotics work in the region working with national drug control agencies and task forces;
Coordinating closely with the U.S. Department of Defense’s $101 million in counternarcotics programs in Central Asia and will seek synergies with DOD programming; and
Partnering with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in support of police reform, border security and drug control.
With the passing of National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong Il, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is now in a period of national mourning. We are deeply concerned with the well being of the North Korean people and our thoughts and prayers are with them during these difficult times. It is our hope that the new leadership of the DPRK will choose to guide their nation onto the path of peace by honoring North Korea’s commitments, improving relations with its neighbors, and respecting the rights of its people. The United States stands ready to help the North Korean people and urges the new leadership to work with the international community to usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and lasting security on the Korean Peninsula.