HA NOI - Viet Nam gave high priority to fighting the illegal drug use and would work closely with the United Nations and Mekong region nations to stop the global drug trade, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
The Vietnamese leader was speaking at a reception for heads of foreign delegations from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
They were in Ha Noi to attend a ministerial meeting of signatory countries to a 1993 agreement on drug control in the Greater Mekong sub-region.
Dung spoke of the role and support of UNODC for regional countries, suggesting the office continue its assistance and co-operation for a drug-free world.
UNODC regional representative Jeremy Douglas said that collaboration between nations provided strong support for the commitment of the UN.
Earlier yesterday, the Minister for Public Security, General Tran Dai Quang, attended a ministerial meeting of signatory countries to the 1993 agreement.
Quang admitted that the use of opium had rebounded at an alarming rate and the Greater Mekong Sub-region was suffering the direct impact of increased drug and methamphetamine production in both pills and crystal forms.
On top of this, trans-national crime gangs are employing sophisticated tricks and are ready to fight against law enforcement forces.
Quang said the 1993 agreement had played an efficient part in minimising the negative social effects caused by drugs.
He suggested developing drug control policies for each country and the whole region, mobilising all necessary resources for relevant initiatives, and connecting regional activities with common ASEAN efforts during the fight against illicit narcotics.
He said Viet Nam stood side by side with member countries to fully deliver on signed commitments and agreements.
The meeting provided a platform for participants to share drug combat experience and set tasks for the future, including improving bilateral and multilateral co-ordination.
Ministers also adopted the ninth edition of the regional action plan and signed the second amendments to the agreement.