Drugs Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:33 am on 9th November 2001.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West 9:33 am, 9th November 2001

It would be only fair to say that our brothers-in-arms in the Northern Alliance have trebled their poppy and heroin production. Is it not nonsense to believe that if one country's crop of drugs is destroyed, the gap will not be filled by another's? At the moment, Burma, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan are doing so. If we have a war on drugs, we are in danger of turning central Asia into a vast new Colombia, where warring armies will fight each other in drugs wars. That is what we did in south America, and we are now likely to do the same with a vast area of central Asia.