Narcotic drugs constitute one of the major challenges to modern
societies, and a threat to international peace, stability and security.
In Europe, heroin and other opiates are the most harmful drugs,
causing three quarters of drug-related deaths.
Afghanistan is by far the main source of this kind of drugs
and Europe is the main target market for opiates from that country.
The international community has so far failed to stop the flow of
heroin from Afghanistan and Europe continues to pay a high price
for this failure.
The report seeks to mobilise political support in Council
of Europe member, observer and partner States for a more active
and efficient international co-operation in combating drugs trafficking
from Afghanistan; cooperation which becomes even more important
in view of the forthcoming withdrawal of the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan by 2014.