Monitoring Committee for CCDAC holds coord meeting
20 Aug – A work coordination meeting of the Monitoring Committee for Working
Groups of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control took place at the meeting
hall of the headquarters of Myanmar Police Force this afternoon.
It was attended by Chairman of the monitoring committee
Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung, chairmen of the
working groups deputy ministers, the deputy attorney-general, secretaries of the
working groups directors-general and managing directors, officials of Myanmar
Anti-Narcotics Association and Association for Development of Border Areas and
Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung explained the works implemented by
the working groups and the sub-working groups of CCDAC in July 2002, and
discussed the setting up of the drug free zones in border areas. Joint-Secretary
of CCDAC Police Col Kham Aung reported on works carried out on decisions made by
the meeting of the monitoring committee on 17 July. Then, those at the meeting
presented supplementary reports on works being carried out and future tasks.
Then, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint
Maung made closing remarks. Under the programme of handing down severe
sentences, altogether 12,109 persons 10,088 men and 2,021 women were sentenced.
Yangon Division Committee to Eliminate Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotrophic Substances holds meeting
Yangon, 16 Aug –
Yangon Division Committee to Eliminate Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrophic
Substances held a meeting at the meeting hall of the committee here this
morning. Chairman of the Committee Chairman of Yangon Division Peace and
Development Council Commander Maj-Gen Myint Swe delivered an address and also
assigned duties to members of district and township drug elimination bodies.
The commander said the nation has been implementing the
15-year narcotic drugs elimination plan covering the five priority tasks Ñ to
wipe out poppy cultivation and opium production, to eliminate drug abuse, to
curb drug trafficking, to organize local people to participate in the tasks and
to cooperate with the international community. Of the five tasks, the Yangon
Division has been striving with greater momentum to implement the three tasks to
eliminate drug abuse, to curb drug trafficking, to organize local people to
participate in the tasks. The State has been making greater efforts in
eliminating narcotic drugs since 1988; it has achieve success in inviting the
armed groups to return to the legal fold and developing the border regions to a
The peace groups are now gaining good economic foundations,
for the State has been paving the way for them so that they can enjoy economic
opportunities. As a result, they have been able to implement effectively the
drug eradication tasks for about two years. For example, Mongla region was
declared “Drug Free Zone” in 1997. The Wa and Kokang national races leaders are
also issuing orders concerning narcotic drugs in their respective regions.
Myanmar is striving to declare Kokang and Wa regions and the border towns,
Tachilek, Myawady and Kawthoung, as “drug free zones”.
At the meeting on wiping out narcotic drugs in border areas,
which was held on 23 July, Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development
Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt stressed the need to lay down a plan to transform
Tachilek District into a drug free zone and added that states and divisions
covered by the plan are required to make cooperative efforts in this regard. At
the meetings of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control, which were held on
6 March and 8 April, the Secretary-1 himself gave practical guidelines to lay
down pilot projects to root out poppy cultivation and to reform drug elimination
bodies in states and divisions, districts, townships, wards and village-tracts.
Thus, the bodies were reorganized on 12 June 2002.
Vice-Chairman of the committee Yangon Division Police
Commander Police Col Aung Daing explained the anti-drug endeavours in the
divisions, followed by a general round of discussions. The meeting ended with
concluding remarks by the commander.