The Gulf Criminal Information Centre to Combat Drugs (GCC-CICCD) in Doha has called for strengthening joint global efforts and international co-operation to counter the scourge of drugs and to raise caution about this scourge and its dangers.
This came in a speech delivered by the Centre's Director, Brigadier Saqr Rashid al-Muraikhi, on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is celebrated annually by the world on June 26, as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1987.
Al-Muraikhi said in his speech that the problem of drugs has become a source of concern that threatens humanity, destroys the family, leads to social disintegration, destabilises the national economy and thus disrupts national security.
Al-Muraikhi added that the GCC countries are part of this world and are not isolated from the risk of this scourge that threatens the world, which is the most serious threat faced by humanity throughout its past and present history, stressing that these countries rushed to take all measures to eradicate and eliminate this scourge, so as not to spread among teenagers.
Al-Muraikhi stressed the need to strengthen joint efforts and international co-operation to confront and combat the scourge of drugs and to deal with it in a timely manner to protect the Gulf society from its dangers, adding that since the phenomenon of drugs is global, because of its wide spread across countries and continents, combating this phenomenon requires concerted efforts to enhance co-operation between specialised bodies, at the national, regional and international levels.
Al-Muraikhi underlined that this is what GCC countries sought to establish by launching the Centre in Doha to constitute a qualitative leap in supporting and strengthening the joint GCC action to fight illicit drug trafficking and chemical substances and all related criminal activities and limiting their spread in the Gulf communities.
He explained that the Centre works through intensifying joint efforts to improve the performance and mechanisms of security in the field of drug control among member states, as well as to develop co-ordination, complementarity and interdependence between them and with the competent authorities in all fields through the activation of bilateral and international agreements to combat trafficking of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances around the world.
Al-Muraikhi said that the centre aims at activating the exchange and analysis of criminal information to support and strengthen joint GCC action in the field of combating narcotics and psychotropic substances, controlling precursors and chemical substances and limiting their spread to launch regional security for the better, as well as the rehabilitation and training of cadres working in the field of drug control in the Gulf States, and the collection of information, analysis, organization and exchange with the concerned bodies of member states, which helps to a large extent in criminal investigations in the cases of drugs and their consequences.
He stressed that the centre is actively pursuing the latest methods to counter drug trafficking and related crimes, supporting the efforts of concerned bodies and developing co-operation and co-ordination among the GCC countries in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and controlling precursors and related transnational and regional organized crime.
He also pointed to the centre's keenness to sign memorandums of understanding with several regional and international counterpart centres in order to benefit from international expertise, and exchange of information, to reduce the drug problem.
Al-Muraikhi called for raising the caution against this scourge and its dangers, supporting the official efforts exerted to fight it, and contributing all available resources to face its challenges, protect the societies from its ravages and protect youth from their tragedies.
Al-Muraikhi expressed hope that the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking would be a promising opportunity for further awareness of the dangers of drugs and for the protection of all from the scourge and its tragedies.