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    The speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament, the State Duma, proposed on Sunday establishing a political and legal mechanism to fight drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

    ROME, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - The speaker of the lower house of Russian parliament, the State Duma, proposed on Sunday establishing a political and legal mechanism to fight drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

    Boris Gryzlov was speaking at a meeting of the Group of Eight parliamentary speakers.

    "I propose considering the issue and finding an acceptable format... to address the UN to include tasks and responsibility to eliminate drug containing crops as well as the drug production infrastructure in Afghanistan into the international forces' mandate," he said.

    Gryzlov said Russian parliamentarians have to state that anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan are clearly not enough. "Moreover, there could be an impression that the effect is even inverse - in the past eight years opiate production in Afghanistan grew more than 40-fold," he said.

     

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