Minister attends Greater Mekong sub-region drug control meeting

Thursday, 2015-05-21 22:43:58
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Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang speaks at the meeting. (Credit: cand.com.vn)
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NDO/VNA – Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang attended a Ministerial Meeting of Signatory Countries of the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Drug Control in the Greater Mekong Sub-region in Hanoi on May 21.

In his speech, Quang admitted with concern that the use of opium has rebounded at an alarming rate and the Greater Mekong Sub-region is suffering the direct impacts of increased drug and methamphetamine production, including in both pills and crystal forms. On top of that, trans-national crime gangs are employing sophisticated measures and are ready to fiercely fight against law enforcement forces when caught in act.

He said the 1993 MoU on drug control covering Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has played a critical role in minimising the negative social effects caused by drugs.

Quang suggested developing drug control policies for each country and the whole region, mobilising all necessary resources for relevant initiatives, and connecting regional activities with common ASEAN efforts during the fight against illicit narcotics.

Vietnam continually stands side by side with MoU member countries to fully deliver on signed commitments and agreements for peace, stability, prosperity and a region free of illegal drugs, he said.

The meeting provided a platform for participants to share drug combat experience and set tasks for the future, including improving bilateral and multilateral coordination mechanisms.

Ministers also adopted the ninth edition of the regional action plan and signed the second amendments to the MoU.