On Wednesday, March 7, member of Kyrgyz parliament Azimbek Beknazarov suggested paying off the countryâs foreign debt by planting opium. Beknazarov, who is now a member of opposition faction âFor reformsâ, used to be Kyrgyzstanâs Prosecutor General.
âTo solve this problem [of foreign debt] we need unordinary steps. I know that my suggestion will stir a heated debate. This year Afghanistan announced almost officially that it will increase opium crops. We have to do the same and permit our people to plant opium for a year or two. After that all international organizations will raise havoc and offer themselves to write off out countryâs debts,â the deputy said.