The new administrative building for the Kyrgyz State Service on Drug Control was opened in Issyk-Kul province

Press release

KARAKOL, 8 December 2016 - The new administrative building for  the Eastern Department of the State Service on Drug Control of the Kyrgyz Republic (SSDC)  was opened in Karakol city, Issyk-Kul province with the support of the  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Programme Office in Kyrgyzstan. The donors of the project, Governments of the Russian Federation and the United States of America have contributed more than 10 mln Kyrgyz soms ( around US $ 147,000) to the new building and necessary equipment.


The event was attended by representatives of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Issyk-Kul province administration, representatives of Russian embasy and U.S. embassy, Russian Interior Ministry to the Kyrgyz Republic, the US Department of State's Bureau of International  Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and  the U.S. Drug enforcement Administration (DEA) in Bishkek.


"The dynamics of drug situation in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Central Asian region dictates new methods in countering the illicit drug trafficking and requires more joint efforts and resources. The illicit drug trafficking posts threat to the national security of all countries of  the region. Therefore, the Kyrgyz Republic will continue strengthening fruitful cooperation established between the Government, the donor countries and the UNODC in the field of drug control"- , said Mr. Damir Sagynbaev, the Head of the Department of Defense, Law Enforcement and Emergency of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.


The deputy head of the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Mr. Alan Meltzer noted, "This year, we are celebrating 25 years of U.S.- Kyrgyz bilateral relations.  We certainly consider our cooperation in counter drug trafficking as one of the most impressive success stories in this quarter-century of cooperation".


The representative of the Russian Interior Ministry to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Grigoirii Pustovitov, said: "The Russian Federation will continue supporting the UNODC activities, as well as initiated by the Kyrgyz government reform of the law enforcement agencies, regardless which agency will benefited of  our assistance".


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