Regional precursor control conference kicks off in Myanmar

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-07 18:00:56|Editor: Yurou
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YANGON, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- A high-level Regional Conference on Precursor Control kicked off in Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.

Hosted by Myanmar, the conference, which will last for three days until Friday, is held with the assistance of ASEAN China Cooperative Operation in Response to Dangerous Drugs and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime.

Myanmar Deputy Home Minister Maj-Gen Aung Thu said at the opening ceremony that under the proposal of China in 2013 to curb illicit drug production and trafficking in the triangle region, China, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand began the Save Mekong Operation Project.

As the project has achieved success, Cambodia and Vietnam joined in later as members in 2015 and all members have been implementing with momentum the Save Mekong Operation Project (2016-2019).

Myanmar also hosted the Save Mekong Coordination Center to fight against drug from July to September 2017 as proposed by Thailand.

During August and September of the year, it was able to expose 505 drug cases with 694 culprits arrested, seizing a large amount of illicit drugs including precursors.

The three-day conference is being attended by representatives of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as those from China, India, Australia and New Zealand.

The participants discussed the strategies to be adopted in the region for precursor control.