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Guo Shengkun Attends Sideline Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation Mechanism in Greater Mekong Subregion

2016/04/21

On April 19, 2016 local time, during the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), State Councilor, Director-General of the National Narcotics Control Commission (NNCC) and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun attended the Sideline Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation Mechanism in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which was sponsored by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Representatives of member states of the mechanism such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam attended the meeting, and UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov delivered a speech.

The meeting reviewed the progress of cooperation among the member states in law enforcement and judicial cooperation, drug demand reduction, drugs and HIV, sustainable alternative development and other areas, and had an in-depth discussion on further strengthening cooperation and handling drug problem in the GMS in a more effective manner.

In his speech, Guo Shengkun spoke highly of the significant role the GMS drug control cooperation mechanism has played over the 20 years since its establishment. He said that the practice has proved that this mechanism is a successful and effective cooperation model that worth advocating, an effective cooperation platform for different parties to work together to solve the drug problem in the region and neighboring areas, and a closely linked bond that supports different parties in the region to deepen drug control cooperation.

Guo Shengkun pointed out that currently, the international drug situation remains severe. All parties must work together to actively plan for the future development of the GMS drug control cooperation mechanism and constantly deepen regional cooperation, so as to make the drug control cooperation in the region more practical and efficient. We must adhere to the principle of equality, mutual benefits, shared responsibilities, and win-win cooperation, continuously enrich and expand the connotation and extension of the cooperation, and push for in-depth development of the mechanism. Upholding inclusiveness and openness, we should not only strengthen coordination and cooperation within the region, but also expand exchanges and cooperation with other regions as well as relevant state organizations.

Guo Shengkun expressed that no matter in the past, present or future, the GMS drug control cooperation mechanism is always the priority direction for China to carry out drug control cooperation in the region. Within the framework of this mechanism, China will continue to strengthen practical cooperation with other countries and the UNODC, increase support for this mechanism and other member states in terms of capital and technology, and make joint efforts with all parties to constantly inject new momentum into the healthy development of the mechanism, so as to make new contributions to addressing regional drug problem and promoting global drug governance.

Established in 1993, the GMS drug control cooperation mechanism has played a prominent role in curbing the spread and expansion of the drug problem, strengthening subregional drug control cooperation, carrying out efficient cooperation in cross-border cases and improving the law enforcement capacity of neighboring countries.

Permanent Representative of China to the UN Liu Jieyi, Deputy Director of the NNCC and Counter-Terrorism Commissioner of the Ministry of Public Security Liu Yuejin, as well as Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai attended the meeting.

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