2nd Destruction of Narcotic Drugs Ceremony

2nd Destruction of Narcotic Drugs
Ceremony – 30th April 1990, Yangon


  • Secretary-1 of the State Law
    and Order Restoration Council and members
  • Resident Representatives of UN
  • Diplomats and Military
  • Representatives of the UN Drug
    Control Programme and PRC Drug Control Division
  • Foreign Media Personnel
  • Local Media Personnel
  • Invited Guests

    Report made by the Central
    Committee for Drug Abuse Control

    Chairman of the Central
    Committee for Drug Abuse Control Secretary (1) and Members of the State Law
    and Order Restoration Council,
    Your Excellencies and distinguished guests,

    I would like to express my
    profound gratitude to all honourable guests who spare the time to attend the
    Second Exhibition on Destruction of Narcotic Drugs seized by Law Enforcement
    Agencies today.

    We usually release news
    regarding drug abuse control in Myanmar Nag to the local and foreign
    journalists and diplomats in our country, in order to carry out media of
    narcotic drugs are also being featured in the daily newspapers. Despite
    these efforts by us in the light against the danger of narcotic drugs, it is
    regrettable that only a small number of countries have covered the true
    information relating to our endeavours in combating narcotic drugs. For
    instance, we have destroyed over four hundred million US dollars worth of
    narcotic drugs by fire on 13 February 1990, at this same place. On that
    occasion local and foreign journalists and diplomats were present. They not
    only identified the narcotic drugs, to be destroyed to their satisfaction,
    but also took photographs and recorded on video tapes. But, we are
    astonished to hear that some drug enforcement authorities in certain
    countries have not even heard of convening such a significant ceremony in

    I also wish to point out the
    allegations against us are that we are taking no action to tackle the
    problem of’ drug abuse and are even negotiating with the insurgent in the
    cultivation of poppy plants. In this regard, may I seriously say that these
    are really mere exaggerations.

    Please permit me to present
    to you today, two main things — one is related to our efforts in wiping out
    drug menace and the other concerns with the destruction ,)f narcotic drugs
    by fire seized by law enforcement agencies. Manual destruction of poppy
    fields had been carried out from 1975 to 1988, )y launching operations such
    as melon, Hnin-pan, Pauk-pait, Taung-hteik pan, Hay-man-oo, Nag-ye-pan etc.,
    eradicating over 130 thousand acres of poppy fields. Aerial spraying on the
    poppy fields was introduced in 1985-86 poppy growing season and continued up
    to 1987-88 season, resulting destruction of over 70 thousand acres of
    narcotic producing plants, on an operational basis. Thus a total of over 200
    thousand acres have been destroyed by both methods — manual destruction and
    aerial spraying, reducing over 910 tons of opium, (if refined, 91 tons of
    heroin which could be produced from the destroyed acreage. Likewise,
    Tatmadaw (Armed forces) has launched operation Moe-hein from phase I to
    phase XII against the insurgents in the border areas, to destroy he
    clandestine laboratories run by them. During the period from 1975 to 1988.
    varieties of narcotic drugs, paraphernalia, chemicals, arms and ammunition
    were seized from the insurgents in Moe-hein operations. The results in every
    phase have been shown to the diplomats, military attaches, personnel from
    the United Nations organs and journalists who are invited to the operation
    areas by the respective authorities.

    In 1988, after the
    disturbances in ‘the country, Tamadaw (Armed forces) is implementing the
    four main tasks to reconstruct the State. That’s why, though major
    operations to destroy poppy plants, refineries — in the names of Nga-ye-pan,
    Taung-yan-shinn, Moe-hein etc., — could not be launched poppy fields have
    been destroyed by regional operations whenever situation permits us. In
    1988-89 season, we have destroyed over one hundred acres of poppy fields and
    over 300 thousand marijuana plants. These have also been released to the
    news media by the authorities. Plans for Ye-min-aung operation have been
    drawn up and implemented to take drastic action against the trafficking in
    and out of the country in early 1989. Formerly we have established five
    anti-narcotic Task Forces. Then, we have extended to 14 Task Forces to
    combat narcotic drugs effectively in co-operation with local populace,
    Tatmadawmen and members of the local People’s Police Force. During the
    operation Yemin-aung, from phase I to phase IV, over 70 kilograms of heroin,
    over 400 kilograms of opium, 60 kilograms of marijuana and over 2,300 litres
    of Phensedyl have been seized. Likewise, People’s Police Force in States and
    Divisions has made seizures of over 97 kilograms of heroin, over 700
    kilograms of opium, over 20 thousand kilograms of marijuana and over two
    thousand kilograms of phensedyl during the period from 18 September 1988 to
    23 April 1990. Tatmadaw (Armed forces) has also seized over 582 kilograms of
    opium, over 31 kilograms of heroin, over four kilograms of marijuana and
    Over .54 litres of Phensedyl. On reviewing these statistics, it is clear
    that Ye-min-aung Plan is effective in the fight against internal
    trafficking, although major operations could not be launched in the border

    Continuous action is being
    taken to solve the drug problem as OUT national duty. In this regard, the
    narcotic drugs can not be eliminated, by the efforts of the producing
    countries only. Transit States and consuming countries are also responsible
    to wipe out the drug menace. They should cooperate with each other in this
    matter. The 11th. Special Session of United Nations Commission on Narcotic
    Drugs held in Vienna in the last week of January, the 17th. Special Session
    on Narcotic Drugs of United Nations General Assembly held in New York in
    February and World Ministerial Summit to reduce the demand for drugs and to
    combat the cocaine threat, recently held in London have passed concrete
    resolution calling for international, regional and subregional co-operation
    in the endeavours to curb the danger of narcotic drugs and elaboration of
    the International Convention on Demand Reduction by the United Nations. In
    line with this resolution, the leader of Myanmar delegation to the I 7th.
    Special Session on Narcotic Drugs of United Nations General Assembly had
    included in his presentation the Myanmar’s trend towards the co-operation
    with neighbouring countries.

    As the second part, I would
    like to present the destruction of narcotic drugs by fire.

    Destruction of narcotic drugs
    seized by law enforcement agencies was first held on 13 February 1990 at
    this same place. I wish to mention that the drugs destroyed by fire on that
    occasion were 209.066 kilograms of heroin, 14.832 kilograms of opium oil,
    2.391 kilograms of liquid opium and 54.4 kilograms of Phensedyl at the value
    of over 418 million of US dollars. I have mentioned in my statement at the
    previous ceremony on destruction of narcotic drugs that after the trial of
    drug-related cases, when the narcotic drugs which are exhibits of the cases
    are deposited to the Criminal Investigation Department, such ceremony will
    be convened again.

    As stated above, the second
    destruction of seized narcotic drugs becomes to hold today.

    The narcotic drugs to be
    destroyed today for second time are 251.402 kilograms of heroin, 10.389
    kilograms of liquid opium, 826.839 kilograms of marijuana and 5,292.5 litres
    of Phensedyl (over 40 thousand bottles). Its value is over 503 million US
    dollars. Heroin is calculated with the price of two million per kilogram.

    In future also, such
    exhibition on destructions of narcotic drugs seized by law enforcement
    agencies will be held whenever the opportunity arises. The value of narcotic
    drugs destroyed by fire for two times is US$ 921,936,340 (nine hundred and
    twenty one million, nine hundred and thirty six thousand and three hundred
    and forty).

    May I invite the
    distinguished guests to make on-the-spot tests on the seized narcotic drugs
    including heroin for their authenticity. In conclusion may I invite you to
    raise any question concerning my presentation.

    Thank you.