Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay said on Tuesday there was a need for international cooperation between countries and global institutions in the fight against illicit drugs.
Speaking at the inauguration of the "26th International Conference on Fight Against Illicit Drugs" in Istanbul, Atalay said that "unless there is international cooperation, a country can not fight against illicit drugs on its own."
"We have found out in our operations that terrorist organizations find financial support by trading illicit drugs," Atalay said.
"Turkey has made the fight against illicit drugs a state policy," Atalay said.
"As the government and ministry, we are determined to end Turkey's role as a transit country through which illicit drugs are being taken elsewhere," Atalay said.
Besir Atalay said that 12,283 drug dealers had been arrested in Turkey since 2006.
"I hope that at the end of our conference we would be able to present ideas and projects that would help us all in the fight against illicit drugs," Atalay also said.
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