Myanmar intensifies drug crackdowns through special operations, regional cooperation

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The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) ‘s conference on the annual report for 2023 and chemical-related report at the International Centre in Vienna on 7 February 2024.

Myanmar is cracking down on drug trafficking with special operations nationwide as well as through partnerships with organizations and countries in and outside of the region, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vienna-based Permanent Representative to the United Nations Myanmar Ambassador U Min Thein said so at the International Narcotics Control Board’s (INCB) conference on an annual report for 2023 and chemical-related report at the International Centre in Vienna on 7 February.
He discussed the progress of amending the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law, which was enacted in 2018, to align with the international norms outlined in the UN conventions.
The anti-drug operations are being carried out in line with human rights to reduce supply, grow substitute crops in place of poppy, reduce demand, alleviate the dangers of drugs, and conduct research. The government seized and burned drugs worth US$642 million in 2022 and $446 million in 2023. The ambassador also pledged the government’s commitment to cooperating with regional countries in this course and invited support from the UNODC and other countries.
At the event, the INCB chairperson elaborated on the reports and discussed them with distinguished guests. — ASH/NT

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