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NEWS - UN Official in Myanmar for D
UN Official in Myanmar for Drug Eradication Talks
YANGON, May 12 (Reuters) - A senior United Nations
official has met with Myanmar's ruling military leaders on
government efforts to eradicate opium production, news
reports said on Tuesday.
Pino Arlacchi, executive director of the U.N. Drug Abuse
Control and Crime Prevention Organisation, met on Monday
with Secretary One of Myanmar's ruling State Peace and
Development Council, Lieutenant General Khin Nyunt, the
official reports said.
They discussed combating drug abuse, cultivation of
opium-substitute crops and development matters, the reports
Arlacchi, who arrived in Myanmar earlier on Monday, was
accompanied by U.N. Drug Control Programme (UNDCP)
representative Richard Dickins.
On Tuesday, Arlacchi and government officials flew to
northern Shan State to study anti-drug activities, a
Yangon-based UNDCP official told Reuters.
``Mr Arlacchi and his party are scheduled to return to
Yangon on May 13 and to hold discussions with
ambassadors, including those from donor countries,'' he
Western governments in the past have accused the
Myanmar junta of profiting from the opium trade. The
government has said it receives insufficient international
support to help it combat opium poppy cultivation and drug
Anti-drug agencies estimate more than half the world's opium
is cultivated in the ``golden triangle,'' the area where
Myanmar meets Thailand and Laos.
In April, the United States promised at an anti-drug seminar
in Yangon to grant the UNDCP three million dollars and
Japan offered $800,000 to support drug eradication in