News conference on Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law
Enforcement
Agencies of Asia and the Pacific Region (HONLEA) held

 

A news conference on the 24th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies of Asia and the Pacific Region (HONLEA) which was co-sponsored by United Nations Drug Control Programme and Myanmar, was held at the Hotel Equatorial in Yangon on 17 November, 2000.

It was attended by leader of Myanmar delegation Secretary of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control Director General of Myanmar Police Force Pol. Maj-Gen. Soe Win, Bangkok-based UNDCP Law Enforcement Adviser Mr. Yngve Danling, Residential Representative of UNDCP, Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, SAC F/Director Mr. Tan Seck Kang of the Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore, delegates of respective nations who attended the meeting, Managing Director of News and Periodicals Enterprise U Tin Kha, Director General of Myanmar Radio and Television U Khin Maung Htay, Director (News) of News and Periodicals Enterprise U Hla Tun, Adviser to the Minister for Information U Kyaw Min, Patron of Myanmar Foreign Correspondent. Club U Sein Win, President U Sao Kai Hpa, Secretary U Nyunt Tin and correspondents and local and foreign journalists.

Director General of Myanmar Police Force Pol. Maj-Gen. Soe Win said that the 24th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Asia and the Pacific, which started on 14 November, concluded successfully on 17 November.

The main topics discussed at the meeting were four topics laid down by the 23rd HONLEA Meeting: illegal trafficking of heroin, electronic crimes concerning the strategy of drug trafficking, control of stimulant tablets and trafficking in drugs through sea routes.

These topics were discussed by the delegates in four groups, he said.

Altogether 18 nations as well as Hongkong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region totalling 20 took part in the meeting. Altogether 82 delegates and 8 observers attended the meeting.

The meeting was cosponsored by the Head Office of UNDCP and the CCDAC of Myanmar, and there have been benefits and success for hosting that meeting. It is heard that heads and delegates of various nations made remarks that this meeting was more successful than previous ones.

One significant thing is that although there was an accusation that heroin was produced from the golden triangle region, it is found in view of seizures of heroin and evidence that heroin has been flowing into East Asia from the West.

One more significant thing is that the drug trafficking routes have changed.

In response to the question raised by U Nyunt Tin of Fuji TV about heroin passage from the west to the east, Police Maj- Gen. Soe Win said that although it was produced from the golden triangle region shared by Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, it has been known on account of laboratory experiments and seizures that the passage of heroin produced from the golden crescent region has reached up to Pakistan. There is a decrease in Myanmar in terms of cultivation and production, and the 15 - year project in course of implementation and narcotic drug elimination programmes are being implemented in cooperation with national race leaders. The 15 - year project has been one year old, and during this period, cultivation and production of narcotic drugs has decreased.

Member of Myanmar delegation Head of Department of the Office of Strategic Studies Col. Kyaw Thein said '' What the Secretary of the CCDAC has mentioned about the finding of heroin substances reaching the part of the Asia and Pacific region, was included in some of the discussions made during the parts few days. Some countries have stated that they have found illegal smuggling of heroin and related drugs which originated from the golden crescent area. These have been discussed during these few days. This is what the Secretary of the CCDAC has said. "

Adviser to the Minister for Information U Kyaw Min said " The absence of certain countries has not adversely affected the impact on the meeting but would it not be wise to come to the conclusion that their absenting themselves from here would boomerang on them since they are what we might call them on the receiving end of these drugs too and they should be able to send some representatives here at least to make it a point that they heed what we are doing for the entire mankind. "

Mr. Yngve Danling said "I still do not believe their absence from this meeting caused any damage to the meeting and for the future, either. But of course, UNDCP as an organization is looking for funding from all the developed countries. We do lack funding from the European countries when it comes to support to Myanmar. On the other hand, the law enforcement programme which is executed by my office in Bangkok, is covering six countries including Myanmar and we love similar activities in Myanmar as in the other five so-called MoU Countries, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. So when it comes to supporting law enforcement agencies, Myanmar gets the same share, so to say, of the UNDCP support.

The news conference came to a stop in the afternoon.

Police Col. Hkam Awng acting as master of ceremonies. Those attending the news conference.

 

Journalist attending the news conference on 24th Meeting of Heads of National
Drug Law Enforcement Agencies of the Asia and the Pacific Region (HONLEA).

 

Delegates to 24th HONLEA attending the news conference. Journalists attending the news conference.

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     Heads and delegates to 24th HONLEA on tour     

Heads and delegates to 24th HONLEA pose for a souvenior photogrtaph.

 

Heads and delegates to 24th HONLEA visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Delegates to 24th HONLEA visit Gems Museum.

 

The delegates who attended 24th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement
Agencies of the Asia-Pacific Region (HONLEA), being seen off at Yangon International
Airport by officials of Myanmar Police Force on 18 November, 2000.

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