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Interpol's continued Excuses about
- Subject: Interpol's continued Excuses about
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 21:06:00
Subject: Interpol's continued Excuses about the Heroin Conference.
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NOTE: Australia is partly correct. Going there they can directly
point-out and challenge the SPDC in front of the world. But the U.S. and
E.U. have valid points that this MAY validate the SPDC/SLORC's so-called
drug enforcement activities and lies. Though, if those who are
attending know the truth about them, they will be able to see through
the regime's lies and smokescreens.
Bertinl Lintner expereinced much of the truth more than 10 years ago
in northern Burma.
U.S., Europe Blasted for Boycotting Myanmar Heroin Conference
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- The United States and Europe
were rebuked today for boycotting an international heroin
conference because it was taking place in Myanmar, one of
the world's biggest producers of the drug.
Participants at the 4th International Heroin Conference said
the boycott by the world's biggest heroin-consuming nations
ran counter to the spirit of international cooperation
"As two of the largest markets for heroin in the world, the
United States and Britain bear a special responsibility to
work with the rest of the international community in every
way possible," Home Affairs Minister Col. Tin Hlaing said in
his opening address.
Britain and the United States regard Myanmar as the world's
single biggest producer of heroin.
The four-day conference is being organized by Interpol, the
Lyon, France-based agency that bolsters links between
national police forces.
Paul Higdon, director of the group's Criminal Intelligence
Directorate, noted that Interpol had been criticized for
providing Myanmar "a platform from which it could speak out"
about its anti-drug activities.
Higdon said the boycotting countries had the right to take
such action, but regretted "that a political situation which
viewed by many as a serious problem has held hostage the
universally recognized problem of drug abuse."
"I feel there is more to gain through dialogue than boycott,"
But Washington and other critics have charged that
Myanmar's military regime has failed to seriously crack down
on drugs and has such a poor human rights record that it
does not deserve the legitimacy conferred by the
The New York-based Human Rights Watch likened holding
the meeting in Yangon to "holding a convention on weapons
of mass destruction in Baghdad, on women's rights in Kabul
or on terrorism in Tripoli."
Other countries boycotting the conference include France,
Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. Representatives of
26 countries, including Australia and Switzerland, were
Tin Hlaing urged the boycotting countries "to put politics
aside, for the sake of the millions of people around the
whose lives are threatened by the drug trade."
His speech was repeated almost word-for-word in recent
commentaries in the state-controlled press.
Myanmar officials are especially sensitive to criticism on
drug issue because they feel the have made great
achievements in the fight against drugs -- especially
measured by the number of seizures -- with almost no
Most foreign aid to the country, also known as Burma, was
cut off a decade ago following the bloody suppression of
protests against rule by the military, which has run the
country since 1962.