Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control meets
Yangon, 29 May –
The meeting 2/2002 of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control was opened in
the hall of the Ministry of Home Affairs this afternoon, with an address by
Chairman of the committee Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing.
CCDAC Chairman Minister Col Tin Hlaing explained conditions
of the new plan being drawn for prevention against poppy cultivation in accord
with the instructions of Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt to render assistance of K
52.5 million to Shan State (North), Shan State (South), Shan State (East), Kayah
State and Kachin State based on the field surveys of CCDAC members and forming
of task forces for success of the plan and assigning duties to them. He also
spoke of the formation of field survey groups in six regions as instructed by
Secretary-1 Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt at the Special Meeting of the CCDAC on 8 April
2002 and on the trip to Lashio on 3 March 2002, holding of educative talks for
opium cultivators according to the new plan and holding of talks on growing
poppy-substitute crops suitable to the region.
On distributing seeds of opium-substitute crops, opium
cultivators after realizing the goodwill of the State and presented the
authorities 2,912 baskets of poppy seeds and 1,419 two-basket bags of dry poppy
pods in Shan State (North), Shan State (South) and Kayah State. This contributes
to prevention against poppy cultivation on 59,900 acres of land. This news
spread to foreign news agencies and plans have been already made to destroy
poppy pods seeds and dry poppy in Laukkai and Lashio, he said.
CCDAC Chairman Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing also
spoke of the need to set up task forces for separate plans in Myawady, Kawthoung
and Tachilek where measures are being taken to establish drug-free zones. The
CNN said Myanmar has engaged more in international cooperation, referring to the
handing over the seized 12 culprits by the Wa national race leaders to Chinese
officials in relation to the seizure of 354.15 kilos of heroin in Guangdong
Province in China on 5 April 2002. The minister also said Myanmar has a strong
desire to cooperate with any other nations for drug elimination. Vice-Chairman
of the CCDAC Minister Col Thein Nyunt briefed matters on growing of
poppy-substitute crops in border regions, assistance being rendered to
Shwepyitha and Shwepyiaye rehabilitation centres of the Social Welfare
Department and assistance to poppy cultivators whose poppy plantations had been
destroyed and cash assistance to the project for treating drug-addicts in Wa
south region. Vice-Chairman of the CCDAC Minister U Win Aung spoke of the need
to protect the false accusations levelled against Myanmar concerning drugs.
Central Committee for Drugs.
Then, Minister U Tin Winn briefed on releasing of news on
drug elimination tasks. Afterwards, Joint-Secretary of CCDAC Police Col Kham
Aung reported on the accomplishments in implementing the minutes of the CCDAC
Special Meeting 2/2002 held on 4-4-2002. Those present made reports on work done
and future tasks of respective working groups.
The meeting ended with concluding remarks by the chairman.
24,678.34 acres of poppy fields destroyed
18 May – A combined team comprising Tatmadawmen of local battalion, members of
the Military Intelligence, Township Police Force, Myitkyina Special Anti-drug
Squad, KIA and NDAK destroyed 474 acres of clandestine poppy fields Sadon Region
in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State, from 1 to 6 April this year.
The acreage of poppy fields destroyed up to April this year
during the 2001-2002 poppy cultivation season in Kachin State totaled 4775.66
acres and that of all over Myanmar is 24678.34 acres.
GAD commissioners discuss drug elimination
Yangon, 14 May –
Division, district and township commissioners of the General Administration
Departments held a meeting to wipe out narcotic drugs production and poppy
cultivation at the Ministry of Home Affairs this afternoon.
Chairman of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control Minister
for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing said the State has been making efforts with
greater momentum to wipe out the narcotic drugs including poppy cultivation.
Arrangements should be made to root out poppy cultivation region-wise. The
method of exchanging the poppy seeds with opium-substitute crops will have to be
Attention should be given to eliminating stimulant drugs and
to preventing the chemicals used in refining drugs from entering the nation
across the border. Harmonious efforts should be made to wipe out trafficking of
illicit drugs. Vice-Chairman of CCDAC Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung
explained efforts to eradicate the narcotic drugs, international cooperation,
efforts being made to end the practice of poppy cultivation and develop
opium-substitute crop cultivation and endeavours for strengthening the Union and
development of border areas.
Member of CCDAC Chairman of the Monitoring Committee Deputy
Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung briefed the meeting on
drawing of the programmes to know the data on poppy cultivation region-wise and
to stamp out the drugs and to cultivate opium-substitute crops.
Also present were Director-General of GAD U Aung Thein,
Deputy Director-General of Myanmar Police Force Police Brig-Gen Zaw Win and
others. A general round of discussions then followed.