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    G8 ACCEPTS RUSSIAN ANTI-DRUG INITIATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN

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    BOCA RATON, FLA, USA, FEBRUARY 8, RIA NOVOSTI - The G8 adopted an action plan for Afghanistan as Finance Ministers and Central Bank presidents held a two-day conference in Boca Raton, Florida. A Russian initiative to step up combat against drug manufacture makes part of the programme.

    Circulated alongside a summing-up joint statement, the programme describes opium production as a bad threat to Afghan security, rehabilitation and economic progress. The document calls Afghan authorities and the entire world to join hands against that evil.

    The wording fully corresponds to the Russian initiative, Alexei Kudrin, Russia's Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, who represented his country at the conference, said to Novosti.

    Russia is willing to offer all necessary assistance to fight drug manufacture and keep drug traffic in check. Offering Afghans more jobs and other aboveboard income sources promises to solve the problem. Meanwhile, a great many Afghans have drug making and trafficking for their only means of sustenance, Mr. Kudrin stressed.

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