June 10, 2009
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong assured Cambodia of providing stronger links to combat drug-related crimes during a meeting with the country’s senior narcotics squad in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday.
Trong told Ke Kim Yan, Cambodian deputy prime minister and president of the National Committee for Drug Control, that the two countries should enhance their channels of information as well as provide each other with regular assistance in drug control, drug detox facilities, rehabilitation and in the management of former drug addicts.
“Vietnam has recorded some achievements in the fight, including successful models of detoxification centers and community-based and voluntary detoxification, vocational training and job placements for former drug users,” said Trong.
In response, the Cambodian deputy PM expressed satisfaction with the assistance Vietnam was providing in the fight against drug trafficking. He said Cambodia was looking for more information and help from Vietnam to train its drug squads and open drug detoxification centers and improve joint initiatives in the fight against cross-border drug crime.
On the same day, Yan, who leads the senior delegation from the Cambodian Committee for Drug Control, met with Major General Lam Minh Chien, deputy general director of the Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security.
Chien briefed Yan on drug crimes in Vietnam, focusing on drug dealers and traffickers from overseas and the country’s experience of tracking down and breaking up drug gangs.
The Cambodian delegation is scheduled to visit several detoxification centers in HCMC and depart Vietnam on June 12.
Source: TN, VNA