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Drug fighters begin meeting
November 5, 1998
Drug fighters begin
Aimed at work unity before major drive
A three-day meeting prior to a drug suppression drive began
yesterday to make sure all 2,000 participating officers unite and work
in the same direction.
The meeting, organised by the Northern Narcotics Operations Centre,
was attended by 150 police and military officers, who head the
operation units involving some 2,000 officers.
Sorasit Saengprasert, deputy secretary general for the Narcotics
Control Board, said the meeting would keep officials prepared for
operations and make sure they work towards the same direction.
About 2,000 police and soldiers are to be sent to three northern
provinces - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son - later this
month to combat drug trafficking.
Mr Sorasit said there are at least 62 drug smuggling passes along the
Thai-Burmese border in the three provinces which need close
Operation forces will be also sent to other provinces bordering Laos
following reports that some drug traffickers have moved to Phayao,
Nan, and Phetchabun provinces, he said.
Mr Sorasit said the navy, which also took part in the three-day
meeting, has been asked to keep a close watch on the Mekong river.
However, NCB deputy secretary-general said the best Thailand can
do is to keep the drugs away from the border, adding that drug
production bases are outside the country.
Mr Sorasit stressed that Thailand and Burma must cooperate more
closely, particularly in intelligence operations, to suppress production
sites along the border.
The NCB will also urge Burma in the upcoming tripartite meeting later
this month to work more closely with Thailand, he said.
Thailand's anti-drug plan will also be submitted to the meeting to be
attended by Burma and United Nations International Drug Control
Programme, he added.
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