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Vietnam, Laos, Thailand enhance cooperation on drug control

(Xinhua)

16:26, August 17, 2011

HANOI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The second conference on cooperation among Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in drug control along the East- West Economic Corridor (EWEC) was held in Vietnam's central Quang Tri province on Wednesday.

According to Vietnam News Agency, the conference was held by the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and local Quang Tri police bureau and participated by representatives from the three countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

During the meeting, participants reviewed results of cooperation on drug control since their first conference held in Mukdahan (Thailand) in 2009. They also proposed measures on drug prevention and control, and possibilities for further cooperation along the EWEC, as well as shared experience in their fights against drug trafficking and delivery across the borders.

Addressing the meeting, Colonel Nguyen Kien, Chief of MPS's bureau on drug control, said that over the past years, drug trafficking and crimes in Vietnam's central provinces along the EWEC took place complicatedly and in a more dangerous manner.

Many drug trade and delivery rings were set up to transport drug from the "Gold Angle" across borders to Vietnam. Along the border lines, there are about 50-70 spots, from where hundreds of lines are operating for drug delivery.

The meeting showed the strong commitment of the three countries to fighting drugs and other crimes in the corridor area. Vietnam has close cooperation with relevant bodies from Laos and Thailand in successfully deploying many operations to fight and control cross-border drug crimes along the EWEC, Kien said.

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