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
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.
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:
43,003.35 gallons and 98 opium refineries were destroyed.
Seized drugs were
destroyed in Yangon for the 13 times.
Injection with opium
23,574,284 tablets were destroyed.
themselves destroyed the following narcotic drugs in border areas for 19 times.
Low grade opium
Other chemicals powder
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.
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.
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
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.