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BP: May 22, 1999 NARCOTICS Mekong
Subject: BP: May 22, 1999 NARCOTICS Mekong states sign accord on suppression at borders
May 22, 1999
Mekong states sign accord on suppression at borders
Team approach given emphasis
Ministers from the six Mekong countries and the United Nations drug agency
yesterday signed an agreement in Vientiane to cooperate in drug suppression
The agreement addresses a very sensitive area of cooperation between Burma,
Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Most have little or no control over their extensive border areas, where drug
trafficking is most active. Reasons differ from country to country and are
domestic and external in nature.
The agreement is for four years and will be implemented in two phases. The
first involves China, Laos, Burma and Vietnam; the second the
Cambodia-Thailand, Cambodia-Vietnam, Laos-highland, Laos-Vietnam and
The cost of implementation is $1.8 million.
According to to a UNDCP statement, activities under the agreement are mainly
aimed at building national and bilateral cooperation, and enabling
personnel to work as a team.
Key components will be workshops to build trust and confidence, and structures
which favour close liaison. Enforcement activities conducive to practical and
daily collaboration will also be identified and encouraged, it added.
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