Friday, May 2, 2008

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand vow to fight drug trafficking

Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have agreed to set up more border liaison offices (BLO) to detect and prevent the transport of drugs from the Gold Triangle to the three countries’ borders.The agreement was reached at a recent regional forum on cross-border drug control in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The forum was held by the ASEAN United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the participation of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.Cambodia and Thailand have jointly set up six BLOs and provided technical equipment to the offices.Cambodia also held high-level meetings with Laos and Vietnam to discuss the establishment of such BLO. As a result, Cambodia and Laos have set up two BLOs in Cho Tan Thum of Cambodia and Luon Kham of Laos. The two countries were expected to set up more BLOs in Preah Vihear Province of Cambodia and Champassak Province of Laos.At the forum, UNODC representative Songatit Kittikhunwatchana applauded the cooperation of regional countries in jointly setting up BLOs. The UN official affirmed the forthcoming BLO cooperation between Cambodia and Laos would help the fight against drugs trafficking in the region and around the world.
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