Ministers of some Asian countries and
representatives of organisations pledged to promote bilateral, regional and
international cooperation in combating drug crime in a joint statement
issued at a meeting in Hanoi on September 10.
Colonel Vu Van Hau (standing), deputy head of the
Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security’s police department for drug crime
investigation, speaks at the press conference on the ministerial meeting in
Hanoi on September 10
The ministerial meeting on enhancing the
effectiveness of cooperation in fighting transnational drug crime was held
in Hanoi at the initiative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security. It
attracted nearly 200 delegates from Cambodia, Laos, China, Thailand,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, the US’ Drug Enforcement Administration,
the Australian Federal Police, and the Regional Office of Southeast Asia and
the Pacific of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
In their joint statement, the participants affirmed
that they will boost bilateral, regional and international cooperation in
the work by sharing information, maintaining and expanding projects and
programmes, providing technical assistance, and building capacity so as to
deal with regional and global drug matters in a more effective manner.
The countries and organisations will also consider
launching crackdowns on drug crime and coordinate with each other to fight
transnational drug rings in the countries in order to prevent drug crime in
Southeast Asia and prevent the drug market from growing in the world,
according to the statement.
At a press conference following the meeting, Colonel
Vu Van Hau, deputy head of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security’s
police department for drug crime investigation, said data of the UNODC
showed that the number of methamphetamine trafficking cases uncovered in
East and Southeast Asia rose 8-fold between 2007 and 2017, reaching 82
tonnes and accounting for 45 percent of all such cases around the globe.
The seized meth in the region was estimated at 116
tonnes in 2018, he said, noting that the region is recording the
largest-ever boom of meth production and seizure.
Hau also pointed out the complicated drug crime
situation in Vietnam in recent years. So far this year, the country has
uncovered more than 13,000 drug cases, detained over 20,000 persons involved
and seized nearly 5 tonnes of drugs and over 500,000 meth pills, more than
750kg of heroin and 571kg of dried marijuana.
The officer said that at the meeting, the
participants shared updated information and warned about emerging drug
trends and latent risks that are seriously affecting Vietnam and other
countries. They analysed the drug situation in the region and worked out
urgent measures and strategies to effectively deal with drug crime.
The delegates also affirmed the commitment to
strengthening cooperation in the combat against drug crime inside and
outside of the region, he added.-VNA