International strategies to combat drug production in Afghanistan need complete revision, with Russia and the EU playing a decisive role, an Italian member of the European Parliament said.
Pino Arlacchi, a renowned expert on organized crime and drug trafficking, is to attend an international forum on combating Afghan drug trafficking in Moscow on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Serious reforms are needed. I found out that huge sums of money allocated to aid [Afghanistan] are lost somewhere in the process. And this is related not only with the Afghan government. In fact, only 20% of the officially allocated sums reach Afghanistan," he said.
"The entire system should be changed. The United States should stop relying on private hirelings," Arlacchi said. "The issue is about transnational corporations that snatch more than 70% of the U.S. funds [designed to develop drug free Afghanistan]. It leads to increase in costs and weak efficiency, as well as violations in human rights."
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