Vietnam calls for stronger exchange of information in drug fight
(VNA): Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General Le Hong Anh has spoken of the vital importance of regular exchanges of information as well as measures to boost co-operation among the nations that signed a pact to combat illicit drugs in 1993.
Minister Anh led a Vietnamese delegation to the sixth ministerial meeting on drugs in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on May 19. The meeting also drew Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, and representatives from international organisations and donors involved in the 1993 pact.
The Vietnamese minister said the fight against drug-related crimes can be bolstered only by close co-operation among signatories of the pact, so the pact should be regularly discussed and amended to confront new developments.
In opening the meeting, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia said that with the openings of national borders and the development of closer and more friendly economic and social relations among countries in the region, crime is increasing. Organised transnational crime is like a monster, he further said it moves everywhere and exploits the weak in order to achieve its own interests from the misery of people. He stressed that one of the many heads of the monster is the production and trafficking of illicit drugs.
He also said the United Nations, as well as international organisations and developed countries should play an important role by providing finance and technology as well as assistance in human resources development for the fight.
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