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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 13, 2001

Joint Statement on Combating Illegal Narcotics Trafficking
Joint Statement by President George W. Bush and President Vladimir V. Putin on Cooperation in Combating Illegal Narcotics Trafficking

We note that illegal narcotics trafficking constitutes a serious threat to the health and well-being of individuals and to international security as a whole.  The drug trade is one of the principle sources of financial support for international terrorism.

The United States and Russia are committed to intensifying cooperation on both a bilateral level and within the framework of international organizations and institutions, in order to combat this common threat.

We reaffirm the important role of the UN in strengthening anti-drug cooperation at the global level and reaffirm the two countries? intention to continue the efforts to implement the decisions of the 20th Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the problem of narcotics.  At the same time, we wish to continue and expand our regional counternarcotics cooperation with the countries of Central Asia.

We wish to underscore the importance of putting into effect, as soon as possible, the mechanism of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

We intend to intensify the efforts of the Russian-U.S. Working Group on law enforcement, including the issues of combating illegal drug trafficking and the laundering of proceeds derived from criminal activities.  We believe that early entry into the force of the Treaty Between the Russian Federation and the United States on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, signed at Moscow on June 17, 1999, will promote the expansion of bilateral cooperation and the coordination of efforts against transnational organized crime and narcotics trafficking.

We agree to seek areas of expanded cooperation between the United States and Russia with the goal of more effectively stopping illegal trafficking in narcotics and preventing and treating drug addiction.

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