NUR-SULTAN, October 29, 2019 – Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi met with Ashita Mittal, regional representative for Central Asia of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The parties discussed the implementation of ongoing UNODC projects in Kazakhstan, as well as prospects for further cooperation, and agreed to launch new joint projects in the field of counter-terrorism and crime prevention. They also touched upon the functioning of the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Traffic of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors (CARICC) in Almaty.
On October 30, a roundtable discussion titled “Prospects for the development of a criminal policy to counter extremist activity and terrorism in the Republic of Kazakhstan” was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the event, an analytical review on the implementation of 19 UN counter-terrorism conventions in Kazakhstan as well as the results of the analysis study of extremist and terrorist crimes in Kazakhstan were presented.
In addition, during the visit of Ashita Mittal to Kazakhstan, UNODC delegation meetings with representatives of state bodies in the field of strengthening the criminal justice system in Kazakhstan are planned, as well as visits to prisons in the Karaganda region from October 31 to November 1, 2019.
Currently, UNODC is carrying out a number of large joint projects in Kazakhstan, including “Supporting the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalisation to Violence in Prisons” and “Prevention and Response Regarding the Recruitment and Exploitation of Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups”, aimed at helping children returned from war zones in Syria within the Zhusan humanitarian operation.
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