JAKARTA (VNS)— ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh has underlined the need to boost co-operation between ASEAN member nations and between the bloc and other countries in the fight against drug-related crime.
Addressing the Third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters held recently in Jakarta, he said as organised criminal groups and drug traffickers were taking on a more global perspective in their operations.
He said ASEAN must ensure that its responses to drug trafficking were equally innovative, equally prompt to adapt to changing and challenging circumstances, and equally global in outlook.
Chair of the conference, Anang Iskander, head of the National Narcotics Board of Indonesia, said despite the progress and achievements in the implementation of the ASEAN Work Plan 2009-15, ASEAN still needed to do more and further strengthen its collaboration in addressing the threat and abuse of illicit drugs.
He emphasised the need to prevent drug syndicates and transnational crime organisations from taking advantage of ASEAN regional integration and connectivity. — VNS