Sanctioned: October 5, 2000
Promulgated: October 23, 2000
The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation assembled in Congress, etc., sanction with force of Law:ARTICLE 1 Appropriate the agreement between the ARGENTINA REPUBLIC and the SPAIN KING ON COOPERATION IN THE PREVENTION OF THE INDEBIDO USE AND CONTROL OF THE ILICITO TRAFFIC OF STUFACIENTS AND PSICOTROPICAS SUBSTANCES, signed in Madrid .REINO de ESPAÑA, 7 el ARTICLE 2 Contact the National Executive.
IN THE SESSION OF THE ARGENTINE CONGRESS, IN GOOD AIRES, TO THE TWO MONTHS OF THE OCTOBER YEAR.
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PASCUAL RAFAEL. . JOSE GENOUD. . Guillermo Aramburu. . Mario L. Pontaquarto.
THE ARGENTINA REPUBLIC
THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN
COOPERATION IN THE PREVENTION OF THE INDEBIDO USE
CONTROL OF ILICITY TRAFFIC
AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES
The Argentine Republic and the Kingdom of Spain, henceforth called "The Parties":
Taking into account the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 30 March 1961, as amended by the Protocol of Amendment of 25 March 1972 and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 21 February 1971;
Bearing in mind the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, adopted at Vienna on 20 December 1988;
Affirming the principles contained in the Political Declaration and in the "Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Guidelines for Future Activities" adopted at the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in 1987 and in the Political Declaration and the Global Programme of Action adopted by the Seventeenth United Nations Extraordinary Assembly on 23 February 1990;
Recognizing that both States are increasingly affected by illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;
Considering their constitutional, legal and administrative systems and respect for the rights inherent in the national sovereignty of their respective States, in accordance with public international law;
Agree to the following:
The Parties shall cooperate in combating the abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances through their respective agencies and technical-scientific assistance, as well as a frequent exchange of information relating to the object of this Agreement, within the framework of their respective national legislation.
For the purposes of this Agreement, it is understood as "stupefacent", all the substances listed in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, as amended by the Protocol of Amendment of 25 March 1972; and by "psychtropic substances", the substances listed and described in the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971.
The cooperation under this Agreement shall include:
(a) Exchange of information on experiences and actions undertaken in both States to provide the necessary assistance to drug addicts and on methods of prevention of drug abuse.
(b) Continuous exchanges of information and data on illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the limits permitted by the respective legal systems.
(c) Exchange of experts from relevant agencies to update organizational techniques and structures in the fight against illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
(d) Exchange of visits by staff of the respective agencies concerned to coordinate joint activities in the area of prevention and control of abuse or in the area of combating illicit drug trafficking and psychotropic substances.
(e) Programming of meetings between the competent authorities in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, with the possibility of organizing training and specialization courses.
(f) Organization of joint training seminars for health, education, security and justice actors on issues related to the abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
(g) Exchange of information on the initiatives taken by the Contracting Parties to favour the entities concerned with the treatment or rehabilitation of drug-dependent persons.
(h) Judicial cooperation under the law.
(i) Cooperation to facilitate the prevention and detection of money-laundering, facilitate the investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of being involved in such operations and restrict the flow of capital across international borders resulting from drug trafficking and related crimes.
To achieve the objectives of this Convention, the Parties agree to establish the Spanish-Argentine Joint Commission on the Prevention of Indebted Use and Combating Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. It is composed of the representatives of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the competent national agencies and services of both States, the Secretariat for Drug Prevention and Drug Control Programming in Argentina and in the Kingdom of Spain the Government Delegation for the National Drug Plan. This Joint Commission will act as a mechanism for cooperation in the prevention and control of abuse and combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
The Mixed Commission shall have the following powers:
(a) Recommend specific actions that are deemed appropriate for the achievement of the objectives proposed in this Agreement, through the relevant national agencies and services of each Party.
(b) Propose to the respective Governments any suggestions it deems necessary to amend this Agreement.
The Joint Commission will be coordinated by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both Parties. The Commission will meet alternatively in the Argentine Republic and the Kingdom of Spain.
The Joint Commission may establish subcommissions for the development of the specific actions envisaged in this Agreement.
It may also create working groups to analyse and consider a particular matter and make recommendations and measures it deems appropriate.
This Agreement shall enter into force on the date on which the Parties have been notified, by diplomatic means, of meeting the respective internal constitutional requirements for their operation and entry into force.
The Spanish authorities to implement this Agreement shall be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs, and the Argentine Republic shall be the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship and the Secretariat for Drug Prevention and Drug Trafficking Programming.
This Agreement shall have an unlimited duration. Any Party may denounce it through a written communication by the diplomatic channel. The termination of the Agreement shall take effect three months after the date of receipt of the notification of the complaint made by one Party to the other.
Made in Madrid at 7 days of October 1998, in two originals and both equally authentic.