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NEWS - Thailand, Myanmar to Meet on
- Subject: NEWS - Thailand, Myanmar to Meet on
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 11:52:00
Thailand, Myanmar to Meet on Drug Suppression
BANGKOK (Nov. 19) XINHUA - Thai and Myanmar
authorities will work out drugs suppression
measures when they meet in Chiang Rai, northern
Thailand, next month, according to the Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) of Thailand.
Thai government representatives and their
counterparts from Myanmar will meet on December
12 to discuss the problem of drugs and precursor
smuggling for the second time this year.
Meeting organizers are the U.N. Drug Control
Program (UNDCP) and the ONCB.
An ONCB official was quoted today by the local
press as saying Thailand has been successful in
suppressing drugs at a certain level with support
from UNDCP experts and cooperation from
Myanmar and Laos, but he conceded that the more
serious drug suppression measures are, the harder
drug dealers would seek new methods of smuggling.
Meanwhile, a policeman and two drug traffickers
were killed in northern Thailand in a shoot-out at a
checkpoint on a road between Chiang Mai's Mae Ai
District and Chinagrai's Mae Chan Tuesday,
according to a report reaching here today.
Police said the gun battle erupted after a border
patrol police unit manning the checkpoint tried to
stop a pickup truck for a routine check.