Cambodia, Thailand Committed to Forster Drug Control Cooperation

Cambodia and Thailand have vowed to increase their cooperation in drug control and cross-border drug crackdown in contribution to promoting sustainable development along the common border.

Both sides made the commitment at the 12th Cambodia-Thailand Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation held on Sept. 4 in Siem Reap province.

The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Gen. Meas Virith, Secretary General of National Authority for Combating Drugs of Cambodia and visiting H.E. Sirinya Sitdhichai, secretary general of Narcotics Control Board (NCB) of Thailand.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Gen. Meas Virith expressed his concern over drug situation which has become more complex in the past few years.

Cambodia remains a transit for drug trafficking from South America, Africa, Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent, etc., he pointed out.

H.E. Gen. Meas Virith also laid stress on the Royal Government of Cambodia's efforts in combating illicit drugs and in contributing with regional countries to maintaining peace and social order as well as in boosting sustainable development, particularly along the common border with Thailand.

He took the opportunity to thank the NCB for its support to Cambodia's drug control activities in 2017-2018 through financial assistance, human resource training, laboratory strengthening, and so on.

For his part, H.E. Sirinya Sitdhichai shared the same concern as his Cambodian counterpart and raised challenges the Thai side has been facing in dealing with drug issue.

In the first eight months of this year, Cambodian competent authorities have cracked down on 5,145 drug cases, arresting some 10,200 people (831 women), of them there were 213 foreigners of 15 nationalities. More than 487 kilogrammes and 1,045 packages of different narcotics, over 38 kilogrammes and 132,175 plants of marijuana, 59 cars, 1,258 motorbikes, 3,322 mobile phones, etc. have been seized during the period.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press