The New Light of
Sunday, 25 June, 2000
narcotic drugs with firm determination
In connection with combating
narcotic drugs, Head of State Senior General Than Shwe gave the following
guidance in his address delivered at the 51st Anniversary of the Armed Forces
Day on March 27, 1996.
“Combating narcotic drugs
is an enormous, difficult and formidable task since it is the concern of all
peoples of the world. We will welcome assistance from all quarters if given with
genuine and sincere goodwill. Even if assistance is not forthcoming, we will
carry on with our own means to eradicate the scourge of narcotic drugs, which is
endangering the peoples of the world”.
Accordingly, Myanmar has
strenuously fought against the danger of narcotic drugs. As part of the fight
against the global scourge it has destroyed narcotic drugs and precursor
chemicals seized by the law enforcement agencies.
A total of 321 kilos of
heroin, 1,869 kilos of opium, over 30 million stimulant tablets and other drugs,
seized by law enforcement agencies, were put to torch at the 14th Destruction of
Narcotic Drugs the other day in Yangon.
Since assuming State
responsibilities in 1998, the State Peace and Development Council has stepped up
anti-drug campaigns year after year, tackling the problem in all its facets,
employing a multi-sectoral approach. In so doing, it is cooperating not only
with its neighbours but also with the international organizations and the
international community. Drug eradication activities in Myanmar are regarded not
only as a national duty, but also as a national commitment. The Central
Committee for Drug Abuse Control and its sub-committees that were established in
1979, have been reorganized and reinforced with the aim of effective and
expeditious implementation of the tasks at hand.
After relentless efforts,
cultivation and production of opium have gradually decreased from 151,200 acres
in 1997/98 to 102,066 acres in 1998/99 and finally to only 90,437 acres in
The government has begun
implementation of the Fifteen-Year Narcotic Drugs Elimination plan starting from
1999/2000. This plan will target 51 drug cultivating and producing townships and
will cover a broad spectrum of supply elimination, demand elimination, law
enforcement, community participation and international cooperation. The plan has
an estimated budget of K 33,588.14 million and US $ 150 million.
Certainly, the Fifteen-Year
Drug Elimination Plan can be implemented within 12 years or sooner with
international assistance for the global cause. However, Myanmar is prepared to
carry on the fight whether it receives such assistance and cooperation.