Dushanbe, April 17 (RFE/RL) - Tajikistan's
Interior Minister Sayidamir Zuhurov today was elected Chairman of the
CIS Interior Minister's Council. CIS interior ministers opened a
three-day meeting in Dushanbe yesterday.
Zuhurov told RFE/RL he is confident that proposals to coordinate efforts against organized crime and drug-and-arms smuggling will be implemented. Yesterday, Russia's Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov also called for cooperation, as he said "mafia organizations" are taking advantage of the increasing transparency of borders among CIS member countries.
Last week, Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmonov signed a decree
spelling out "urgent measures" to crack down on drug smuggling,
production and consumption. At a meeting in Dushanbe two weeks
ago (Apr 4), CIS Security Services Chiefs decided to set up an
Interpol-style body to coordinate resources in the fight against
crime and the smuggling of drugs and arms, especially along
Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan.