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NEWS/NOTE - Myanmar Regrets Over Fr
- Subject: NEWS/NOTE - Myanmar Regrets Over Fr
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 18:20:00
Subject: NEWS/NOTE - Myanmar Regrets Over French Boycott of Drug Meeting
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>>NOTE: Myanmar saying it using it own resources against drugs. They use
equipment originally Given to them by the U.S. D.E.A.- Drug Enforcement
Agency. Millions $ of dollars never given to the populace that needs it has
been used to purchase extensive weapons from Singapore, China and more.
AND support and protect existing drug trade and production.
Myanmar Regrets Over French Boycott of Drug Meeting
YANGON (Feb. 20) XINHUA - The government of Myanmar
has expressed its regret over the refusal of France to
participate in the Fourth International Heroin Conference to
be held here this month.
Quoting the latest press release of the Myanmar Embassy in
Paris, an official Information Sheet said here Saturday
evening that it is regrettable that the French government has
decided at the last moment not to send a delegation to the
Fourth International Heroin Conference to be held in Yangon
from February 23 to 26.
It stressed, "The issue of drugs is a humanitarian issue and
not a political one, it is an issue related to human
The narcotic drug problem is not an individual national
problem but a global one. Nations cannot solve this problem
by finger-pointing and laying blame, but only through mutual
understanding, help and cooperation".
"Myanmar considers the fight against narcotic drugs a
national cause and is determined to carry on with or without
the help of the international community," it said.
> It added that despite the lack of assistance from foreign
> countries, Myanmar has waged a relentless war against drug
> trafficking by relying on its own resources. Immense
> sacrifices have been made by the security forces.
Myanmar will host the conference in cooperation with the
Office of Director-General of Interpol, expecting several
dozen countries to attend.
Meanwhile, the United States, Britain and some European
countries like Belgium, Sweden, Norway and the
Netherlands have announced boycott of the conference,
over which Myanmar has expressed regret, urging them to
put politics aside for the sake of the millions of people
around the world whose lives are threatened by the drug
The first International Heroin Conference was held in
Washington, U.S.A., in 1994, the second in Istanbul, Turkey,
in 1995 and the third in Genoa, Italy, in 1997.