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BP: Six Mekong states sign 3 pacts
- Subject: BP: Six Mekong states sign 3 pacts
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 19:47:00
May 19, 1998
Six Mekong states
sign 3 pacts to
The six Mekong countries have signed three more agreements
worth some US$4 million and set up a task force on
cross-border trade under a United Nations-sponsored regional
drugs cooperation scheme launched in 1995.
The agreements for joint projects on demand reduction among
high risk groups, improvement of drug abuse data-collecting
systems, and cross-border cooperation for reduction of opium
poppy cultivation, were concluded at a meeting in Hanoi of the
six countries' senior drug officials on May 14-15.
The task force was set up to make recommendations on how to
support and develop the legal flow of goods in the region to help
provide better markets for alternative crops from opium poppy
The officials - from Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand
and Vietnam - who reviewed the regional drug situation also
pledged to meet more often to improve information sharing and
cooperation to stem the flow of illicit drugs.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to work closer with health
officials in information sharing, preventive education and
addiction treatment, to curb the spread of HIV/Aids through
drug use by injection.
The six countries and the UN International Drug Control
Programme initiated an action plan for drug control cooperation
in supply and demand reduction, and law enforcement in 1995.
It has 12 regional projects worth some US$15 million.
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