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    CSTO CONCERNED OVER GROWING DRUG TRAFFICKING FROM AFGHANISTAN

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    MOSCOW, APRIL 5, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI) - The Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) is concerned over the growing drug trafficking from Afghanistan, CSTO deputy secretary general Toktasyn Buzubayev said at a press conference in RIA Novosti.

    He pointed out that according to the world statistics, since the beginning of 1990s, 2,500 terrorist acts were performed in the world in which 7,000 people died and some 25,000 were wounded.

    A poll conducted in Russia shows that 81% of Russians are afraid of becoming victims of terrorism, 7% are sure that this will not happen to them, and 10% found it difficult to answer the question, Mr. Buzubayev emphasized.

    In this connection, the first international anti-terrorist media forum Mass Media and Prospects of Formulating the Common Information Policy against Terrorism will be held in Moscow on April 26-27. According to Mr. Buzubayev, the CSTO invites journalists to take part in an open dialogue on reducing the threat of terrorism and drug trafficking.

    The CSTO includes Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

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