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Regional deal to tackle drugs

Update: December, 11/2015 - 08:20
Customs officers and border guards examine goods on their way to Laos at the Cau Treo International Border Gate, Ha Tinh Province. Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia yesterday signed a joint statement on drug control co-operation, vowing to make the ASEAN bloc drug-free.— VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung

HCM CITY (VNS) — Senior officials from Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia yesterday signed a joint statement on drug control co-operation, vowing to make the ASEAN bloc drug-free at the 15th Trilateral and Bilateral Ministerial Meeting of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos on Drug Control Co-operation.

The joint statement was inked by Vietnamese senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong, Kou Chansina, chairman of the National Committee for Drug Control of Laos, and Kao Khondara, vice chairman of Cambodia's National Committee for Drug Control.

The joint statement puts an emphasis on effective co-operation in combating drug trafficking with the aim of promoting long-term development of each country.

Speaking at the meeting, senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong, who chaired the conference, praised the trilateral co-operation in fighting drug trafficking and the maintenance of security and order.

For many years, Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia have successfully co-operated in combating drug trafficking, Vuong said.

The participants noted that effective co-ordination between the three countries' border provinces would tackle the problem of drug criminals that operate mostly at border areas.

They all agreed to continue to strengthen efforts to build a drug-free ASEAN and underlined the need to step up co-operation among ASEAN countries.

During ministerial meetings between Viet Nam and Laos, and Viet Nam and Cambodia, activities in drug control were reviewed.

The three countries agreed to increase the exchange of information and professional training for authorised forces in the border provinces.

The 16th conference will be held next year in Cambodia.

Since the end of last year, anti-drug trafficking forces of Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia have together discovered 1,813 drug cases in which more than 455 kilos of heroin and 226,975 ecstasy pills were seized. More than 2,500 traffickers were arrested. — VNS

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