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Kabul - 28 November - Amid concerns over the rising production and value of Afghan opium, Ministers from Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan met today in Kabul to enhance responses to regional security challenges. “More than ever, we must emphasize shared responsibility in our strategies to counter shared threats”, said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
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ISLAMABAD, 26 February 2007 (UNODC) - The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio Maria Costa, has proposed an action plan to improve border security between Afghanistan and its neighbours Pakistan and Iran.
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