What is the Colombo Declaration for?

Q.  Colombo Declaration is related to?
- Published on 13 Jan 17

a. Anti-drug trafficking
b. Economic interests
c. Infrastructure development
d. Marine security

ANSWER: Anti-drug trafficking
  • The High Level Meeting of Interior Ministers of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to Counter Drug Trafficking was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • It had adopted Colombo declaration.
  • It was resolved to work towards making the region a “Drug Free Zone”.

  • Features of the declaration are -

  • Narcotic drug trafficking has links possibly to organized crime and funding of terrorism.
  • It stresses on need for stricter enforcement of maritime laws and cooperation by the coastal statesm
  • They must provide mutual legal assistance and share information in narcotic drug trafficking.
  • It calls for the expansion and development of communication through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC’s) Indian Ocean Prosecutors Network.
  • It called on the littoral states of the IOR to meet on an annual basis within the framework of the Southern Route Partnership (SRP) of Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime (IOFMC).
  • These states must assess and report on the drug trafficking threat in the IOR and develop a coordinated approach to counter such threats.

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