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MIAMI (AP) _ An agreement between the governments of seven major industrial nations to attack the production, trafficking and abuse of illegal narcotics is the first step in a global war against drugs, officials say.
The agreement, detailed in a report released by the State Department in Washington, endorses specific proposals to combat the drug menace, said Assistant Secretary of State Jon R. Thomas.
Foreign ministers of Canada, West Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States gave their approval to the report at their meeting in New York on Sept. 25, the State Department said.
″We want to see that momentum sustained and developed into concrete steps to systematically attack narcotics production, trafficking and abuse on a global scale,″ Thomas said in a statement.
The report was requested by President Reagan and the leaders of the six other nations during a precedent-setting dialogue on narcotics control at their Economic Summit meeting in Bonn last May, the State Department said.
Thomas, who heads the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics Matters, chaired the U.S. delegation at meetings between drug experts from the seven countries in Bonn last July and New York in September.
The report links the narcotics trade to government corruption, the destabililzation of local economies in developed and developing nations and the support of terrorist organizations and international lawlessness.
″I see this as a beginning, a sort of of cementing of the efforts that have been under way for the past four years,″ James Dingfelder, director of the Miami-based Vice President’s South Florida Task Force, said Tuesday.
″The consumer nations have banded together. That should serve to make it a smaller world for the drug trafficker,″ Dingfelder said.
Politicians and law enforcement officials from several foreign nations have come to the Miami-based task force seeking advise and information, he said.
″We’ve had some of them here fairly recently. As a matter of fact, even Margaret Thatcher has alluded to looking toward Vice President Bush for his leadership in solving the drug problem,″ he said in an interview.
Key to the success of any global attack on narcotics is putting a stop to the cultivation of the big three drug crops - poppy, coca and marijuana, the summit report said.
In order to do this, summit nations agreed to promote financial assistance to narcotics-producing countries to move farmers away from cultivation of the illegal crops, the report states.
Pakistan has declared a ban on poppy cultivation in return for foreign aid, the official said. The Pakistan government has a program that seeks and destroys poppy crops.
Hand-in-hand with the development loans and grants, the summit members recommended increasing training and financial assistance for law enforcement agencies in countries where the drugs originiate.
Legislation aimed at outlawing the laundering of illegally obtained money and permitting the confiscation of traffickers’ assets were measures also agreed on by the seven countries.
In an effort to help implement the proposals, the summit nations are seeking strengthened international ties between law enforcement agencies, which could take the form of a global drug task force, officials said.