Progress of Fourth International Heroin Conference reviewed


of Fourth International Heroin Conference reviewed

YANGON, 6 Mar – A

review meeting on holding of the Fourth International Heroin Conference was held

at the Ministry of Home Affairs this afternoon, attended by Secretary-1 of the

State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt.

Also present at the

meeting were Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung, Minister for Home Affairs

Col Tin Hlaing, Minister for Border Areas and National Races and Development

Affairs Col Thein Nyunt, deputy ministers, the Deputy Attorney-General, the

Deputy Commander, the Director-General of Myanmar Police Force, officials of the

State Peace and Development Council office, departmental heads, members of the

Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), members of the Leading

Committee for organizing the conference and sub-committees.

In his address,

Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt spoke about Myanmar’s hosting of the Fourth International

Heroin Conference from 23 to 26 February with the sponsorship of the Interpol

and cited its objectives.

He said that while

Myanmar is striving for eradication of narcotic drugs, the menace to the entire

humanity, with national outlook, it energetically cooperated and hosted the


For Myanmar’s

hosting of the conference, the US and some European countries criticized ‘the

Interpol and made protests against it under the pretexts of democracy and human

rights, and persuaded other members not to attend the conference, he said.

As Myanmar has

already resolved for eradication of narcotic drugs with national conviction, the

conference could be organized in Yangon with the encouragement and support of

the Interpol, he said and added that the nations which attended the conference

must be recognized as those having done an act of preventing the danger against

the entire human race.

The Secretary-1

noted that despite some nations’ protests against the conference, 70 officials

of 27 nations, two organizations and the Interpol attended the conference this

was success of the Interpol and the host nation Myanmar.

He also spoke of the

opportunity for the delegates to witness the annual destruction of the seized

narcotic drugs, visit Laukkai region where poppy substitute crop cultivation

project is being carried out for eradication of narcotic drugs and study Myanmar

government’s measures for eradication of narcotic drugs and, law enforcement

bodies’ actions for supply reduction so that they can let the world know these

facts through media, and noted that this will automatically turn down the

one-sided accusations made by the West bloc.

He said that Myanmar

Police Force had the experience of hosting the six MoU nation meeting in 1995

before organizing the conference and noted that there might be some weaknesses

in the programmes, the conference was successful also due to collaboration of

other related ministers and departments, the Office of the Strategic Studies and

the Directorate of Defence Services Intelligence and Yangon Command.

The Secretary-1 also

dealt with ancient Myanmar Kings’ efforts for eradication of the deadly drugs,

the British’s distribution of opium in Myanmar brought in from India after the

First Anglo-Myanmar War in 1826, spread of the deadly drugs within three years

after the annexation, the British’s establishment of poppy plantations on Chin

Hills, Kachin region and Shan region after bringing in the seeds from Assam.

India the KMT troops’ monopoly of opium cultivation and opium production in

northern and eastern Shan State in 1968, the successive governments’ endeavours

For control of narcotic drugs and various operations against on opium

refineries, and traffickers.

He said that due to

the governments’s goodwill and correct actions of the national brethren, 17

armed groups returned to the legal fold.

Seizures made by

Tatmadaw, MPF and Customs Departments From 18-9-88 to 31-12-98 were as follows:


28,385.891 kilos


4,125.3104 kilos


6,606.235 kilos


33,807.8114 kilos


6,239.1221 kilos


26,961,843 tablets

        Other chemicals                 

43,003.35 gallons and 98 opium refineries were destroyed.

Seized drugs were

destroyed in Yangon for the 13 times.


20,523.581 kilos


3,291.341 kilos


192.469 kilos

        Opium oil                                

126.30 kilos

        Liquid opium                           

85.698 kilos


3,443.457 kilos


25,112.774 litres

        Injection with opium                  

1,405 bottles


6,708.95 litres


23,574,284 tablets were destroyed.

National people

themselves destroyed the following narcotic drugs in border areas for 19 times.

        Poppy plantation                                 

7,836 acres

        Opium refinery                                       

21 nos.


3,122.383 kilos


405.905 kilos


245.67 kilos


689.75 litres

        Low grade opium                             

59.472 kilos


715,492 tablets

        Acetic anhydride                                

4,159 gallons

        Other chemicals                                 

5,973 gallons

        Other chemicals powder                 

2,320.49 kilos.

Altogether 82,469.32

acres and 326.83 tons of opium were destroyed from 1998 to 31 December 1998.

He said Myanmar made

a lot of seizures and destruction of narcotic drugs, but some big nations it.

He said Myanmar

carried out above-mentioned anti-drug activities in her own way and with the

cooperation of international communities. Myanmar signed international

conventions such as: The International Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961; The

Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971; and The United Nations Convention

against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988, he


Continuing, he said,

Myanmar cooperated with DEA of the United States beginning 1974. It has also

signed bilateral narcotic drugs control agreements with India, Bangladesh,

Vietnam, the Russian Federation, LPDR and the Philippines and Memorandum of

Understanding on narcotic drugs control in the Sub-region with China, LPDR,

Thailand and UNDCP.

The Secretary-1 said

after Myanmar became a member of ASEAN, it took part in ASEAN’s anti-drug and

cooperation programmes. Myanmar is committed to supply control and demand

reduction with or without international assistance.

He spoke on

implementation of the 15-year project on eradication of narcotic drugs in accord

with the guidance of Senior General Than Shwe, active participation in the

narcotic drugs crackdown under ancient Myanmar kings and after regaining the

independence and Myanmar’s determination to implement the present project


Minister Col Tin

Hlaing recalled the offer to hold the Fourth International Heroin Conference in

Myanmar by International Criminal Police Organization, formation of Leading

Committee and Sub-committees, cooperation of respective departments, holding of

the 13th ceremony to destroy seized narcotic drugs, arrangement on study tour to

Lwe Hsat Village near Laukkai and Mongyaw for delegates to the conference and

officials of Interpol, success of the conference, delegates’ satisfaction on

arrangements and gaining benefits in international cooperation and related work

by publicizing anti-drug measures among international communities.

Deputy Minister for

Home Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung reported on emergence of opportunity to

hold the conference and measures undertaken for successfully holding the


Secretary of CCDAC

Police Maj-Gen Soe Win reported on preparations and measures undertaken and

member of CCDAC on discussions and experience on study tour in border areas.

Officials reported

on work undertaken for the conference.

The Secretary-1 made

a concluding speech. He said the Leading Committee and various sub-committees

had successfully carried out works on the conference. In holding international

meetings and State-sponsored ceremonies, the main department has to implement

the work with the assistance of other departments and such practice is

successful. He learnt that conference delegates witnessed the difference between

what they beard through some broadcasting stations and what they saw in Myanmar.

He said some broadcasting stations are attempting to downplay the true situation

in Myanmar and the government’s anti-narcotic efforts without reporting the

truth about them.

He said the

delegates would distribute authentic news and true situations in Myanmar when

they were back in their respective regions and they knew Myanmar’s efforts being

made with difficulty for eradication of narcotic drugs.

The Secretary-1

spoke on completion of records on the conference and other matters.



inspects construction of hospitals

YANGON, 21 Mar –

Minister for Health Maj-Gen Ket Sein arrived at the construction site of two-storey

narcotic drug treatment unit (200-bed) of Psychiatric Hospital in Dagon Myothit

(East) Township this morning.

The minister was

welcomed there by Deputy Minister for Health Dr Mya Oo, Deputy Minister for

Construction UE Tint Swe, directors-general of departments under the Ministry of

Health, Director (Architecture) of Public Works U Win Zaw, Medical

Superintendent of Psychiatric Hospital Dr Toe Aung, Dr Khin Maung Gyi in charge

of narcotic drug treatment and officials.


(Architecture) U Win Zaw and Deputy Superintending Engineer U Kyaw Lwin reported

on construction works.

The deputy minister

for construction gave a supplementary report.

The minister gave

instructions on completion of construction works as soon as possible, meeting

the set standard and minimizing loss and wastage, and later inspected the

construction site.


Monitoring Committee and

Working Groups of CCDAC meet

YANGON, 23 Mar – Member of Central Committee for

Drug Abuse Control Chairman of Monitoring Committee for Working Groups of CCDAC

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung attended a work

coordination meeting between the chairman of monitoring committee and chairmen

and secretaries of working groups in the meeting hall of the office of the

Director-General of Myanmar Police Force this afternoon.

Secretary of CCDAC Director-General of MPF Police

Maj-Gen Soe Win reported on arrangements to upgrade Wethtikan and Shwepyiaye

Camps for drug-addicts.

Then, a general round of discussions followed.

Also present at the meeting were Chairman of the

Working Group for Anti-drug Information Deputy Minister for Information Brig-Gen

Aung Thein, senior military officers of the Ministry of Defence, secretaries of

working groups and departmental officials.