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Arab conference endorses penalties for drug traffickers

At the end of its two-day meeting in Tunis today, the 14th Arab conference on drug control called for a unified Arab stance in all international forums opposing any attempt to reduce sentences on drug traffickers or to legitimize certain substances. The conference also called on Arab states to take the necessary measures to minimize the dangers of use of the Internet in spreading knowledge about how to produce drugs and in promoting their abuse. Also under discussion were social care for addicts, and reduction of the demand for drugs. The conference's recommendations will be presented to the council of interior ministers of the League of Arab States for approval.