A Myanmar – US joint

study and inspection team carried out narcotic suppression activities in

Triangle Areas Command, Eastern and North Eastern Command areas. The two teams

have cooperated to carry out field works to measure poppy cultivation and to

take samples to estimate actual production, holding discussions with local

community leaders and meeting with the poppy farmers. Col Kyaw Thein led Myanmar

team which included responsible officials of Myanmar Agricultural Service (MAS)

, CCDAC respective Commands. U.S team included representatives of U.S  CIA

led by Mr. Stanley Hillard; the State Department; DEA; U.S Department of

Agriculture and the Counter Narcotics Centre.

The Myanmar – U.S

joint teams visited Mongsat, Mongpyin, Naunglai, Kwanlong ( Loi Pinge ) , Lauk

Kaing ( Manle Shoowa ) and Wa Lands in Eastern, Southern and Northern parts of

Shan States and took sample pods out of (102) one meter squares from 34 illegal

poppy fields.

Myanmar and the U.S

governments also had cooperated and jointly undertaken efforts to take samples,

measure and estimate poppy production in the years 1995, 1997,1998 and 1999. Up

to now, there had been a total of (6) joint efforts and cooperation.