Top UN official visits Central Asia to boost cooperation against terrorism, crime

13 June 2006

The top United Nations political officer arrived in Tajikistan today at the start of a visit to review support for Central Asian countries in promoting regional cooperation in the battle against religious extremism, organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari will meet with senior officials to discuss the ongoing efforts to consolidate stability in the former Soviet country with the support of the UN Peacebuilding Office in Tajikistan (UNTOP).

The Office, a political mission managed by the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), was set up six years ago after the withdrawal of a UN observer mission to help Tajikistan recover from a ruinous civil war.

Following his talks in Tajikistan, Mr. Gambari will go to Kazakhstan to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), a regional forum for cooperation.


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