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Subject: NEWS -Myanmar to Attend Three-Country Meeting on Drug

Myanmar to Attend Three-Country Meeting on Drug


               in Thailand 

               YANGON (April 25) XINHUA - A Myanmar delegation left here
Sunday for
               Thailand to attend the 4th Ministerial Meeting of
Myanmar, Thailand and
               Laos on cooperation in drug control due to begin in
Bangkok Monday. 

               The delegation was led by Colonel Thein Nyunt, minister
of Progress of
               Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs.
He is also
               vice-chairman of the Myanmar Central Committee for Drug
Abuse Control. 

               The two-day meeting is expected to discuss cooperative
measures to
               counter and suppress narcotic trade and trafficking, and
tackle drug
               problems on the three countries' border. 

               In July 1997, the three agreed at their third ministerial
meeting in Vientiane to
               cooperate in eradicating opium poppy cultivation in the
border areas and
               combating trafficking of chemicals and materials for the
production of
               narcotic drugs. 

               The three countries also called for coordination among
law enforcement
               agencies for exchange of information on drug control
measures and
               enacting laws and rules on drug abuse control in the

               Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet in the golden triangle
area where
               narcotic drug production and trafficking are critical.