CHIANG RAI – Six nations along the Mekong River have joined hands at a conference for the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Drug Control, agreeing to tackle the illegal drugs trade in the Golden Triangle area.
The meeting was held to express the cooperation and objectives of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to eliminate narcotic threats from the region. The meeting was attended by high-ranking officials related to drug suppression from each country.
The Minister of Justice Gen Paiboon Koomchaya presided over the meeting under the multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on the regional narcotics suppression.
In this meeting, Thailand has pledged its support for narcotics suppression activities in 2016, namely the capability enhancement campaign for officials working in border area coordinating offices, narcotics identification operations, the watch for the evading of initial substances and chemicals, and the patrol along the potential narcotics smuggling routes.
The varied types and sheer volume of illicit drugs being trafficked highlights in the Mekong the scale of the problem being faced. “The Mekong is a distinctive drug market, with multifaceted challenges that require multifaceted solutions”, said Mr. Jeremy Douglas, UNODC’s Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Participating states are focused in on narcotic issues in the Golden Triangle Area which is still known as an illegal drug manufacturing area, which affects countries in the region, while all countries have agreed to work together under the Safe Mekong campaign initiated by China to prevent the smuggling of drugs along Mekong River.
The Mekong operation plan was deployed to enhance the connectivity and regional integration in order to successfully tackle the narcotics issue in the region.