Vietnam, Laos boost anti-drug cooperation in border areas

Thursday, 2018-12-27 10:19:07
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Delegates from Vietnam and Laos at the event discuss strengthened coordination to crack down on drug crime in their border. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Laos agreed to strengthen coordination to crack down on drug crime in their border areas at the 12th meeting of drug prevention and combat units in Hanoi on December 26.

The involved parties include the department of drug crime investigation under Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security; the drug and crime prevention department of the Border Guard High Command under Vietnam’s Ministry of Defence; and the drug prevention department of the general department of police under the Lao Ministry of Public Security.

Vietnam and Laos share a borderline of nearly 2,340 km that runs across through 10 Vietnamese provinces, including Dien Bien, Son La, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, and Kon Tum.

The line also appears in 10 Lao provinces, including Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, Houaphan, Bolykhamsay, Khammoune, Savannakhet, Salavan, Xiengkhouang, Sepon, and Attapeu.

To prevent the crime, the three units have deployed a number of programmes such as joining forums and joint activities of countries in the world, particularly in the Southeast Asian region and the West-East economic corridor.

Delegates from the three units discussed specific measures to promote their achievements over the past time as well as further deepen the trilateral cooperation in the field, according to Major General Pham Van Cac, head of the department of drug crime investigation.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Inpong Chanthavongsa, deputy head of the Lao drug crime prevention department, said Lao anti-drug forces will continue coordinating with Vietnamese counterparts to implement anti-drug measures, contributing to building a Vietnam-Laos borderline of peace and friendship.