Myanmar holding talks with Mekong countries over deteriorating drug situation

Senior drug coverage leaders from the Mekong region – Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam– are in Naypyitaw, Myanmar with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) this week for a conference of the Mekong MOU on Drug Control to debate the illicit drug scenario in the region, and to barter a new strategic plan.
The conference brings together the management of Mekong drug authorities and over 100 senior delegates and experts to think about the most recent knowledge, and for detailed discussions on drug law enforcement, justice, well being and different growth strategies and programmes, while reviewing the implementation of the final Mekong strategy that the nations agreed.
“Illicit drug challenges aren’t solely a national issue, and to ensure our lately introduced drug policy succeeds we want to focus on the situation and implementation including with regional partners” mentioned Myanmar Deputy Home Minister Major General Aung Soe.
“This meeting is a step ahead, permitting us to debate points and priorities with our neighbours and UNODC, including bettering legislation enforcement cooperation and standards for group based mostly drug treatment.”
Underground added, “A top priority for us (Myanmar­) is a regional precursor strategy that may gradual the supply of chemical compounds and pharmaceutical merchandise into drug producing areas of the Golden Triangle.”
The Mekong has lengthy been associated with the production and trafficking of illicit medication, particularly heroin, however has undergone important transformation lately. Opium and heroin production have recently declined, while organised crime have intensified production and trafficking of both low grade yaba methamphetamine and excessive purity crystal methamphetamine to alarming ranges – several Mekong nations have already surpassed 2017 seizure totals only a few months into 2018, and Golden Triangle methamphetamine is being seized in high volumes in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
The shift to synthetics like methamphetamine is particularly troublesome for nations to address because of the complexity of responding to distant and clandestine production that can be moved, but also as a end result of well being impacts on drug customers.
“Methamphetamine and heroin are presently estimated to be price US $40 billion in the regional drug market,” remarked UNODC Advisor Tao Zhiqiang.
“Effective coordination between countries is important and the Mekong MOU stays the best vehicle available for this coordination.”
He added, “Law enforcement operations are a part of the answer, but it is extremely important the countries contemplate tips on how to handle continuing progress in regional demand.”
The Mekong MOU has provided a platform lately for the international locations to agree to plain operating procedures for multi-country regulation enforcement operations, adapted and translated standards for community based mostly drug treatment, and it has offered a framework for international locations to exchange ideas and experience on a wide range of points and approaches.
Importantly the Mekong MOU was aligned last year with the recommendations of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem or UNGASS, guaranteeing a robust emphasis on reducing market demand and minimising health impacts, consideration for different development programs for drug producing communities, and a law enforcement give consideration to transnational organised crime teams that run the illicit drug enterprise.
“Significant modifications have been underway in the regional drug market for numerous years now,” defined UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas.
“Responding to the situation requires acknowledging some tough realities, and agreeing to new approaches at a strategic regional stage. Here in Myanmar it means specializing in peace and security in the Golden Triangle and places the place battle and the drug financial system are connected. Ensuring governance and the rule of regulation shall be essential to any long-term discount in drug production and trafficking.”
He remarked further, “To be candid, it also means addressing the corruption, circumstances and vulnerabilities that allow organised crime to maintain increasing operations and exploiting the region.”

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