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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:17:26 -0800

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Burma: Rebels And Drug Smugglers Fight It Out On Burma's Last

Tue, 31 May 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2005 - At the top of Gon Kha hill on the border between Thailand and Burma, the rebels of the Shan State Army shelter inside sandbagged wooden fortifications and dug-outs. Less than half a mile away at the foot of the hill are six enemy positions.

Myanmar: Today's Burma Funded by Drugs

Sun, 30 Jan 2005 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 30 Jan 2005 - Thailand and the United States have taken legal steps against the biggest, richest druglords in Asia. A US federal court accepted a case against eight leaders and drug peddlers with the United Wa State Army for making, smuggling and selling opium, heroin and amphetamines. Thailand, which already has criminal cases against several of the Wa, took a direct and active interest in the US case. This case is not just a symbol but an important milestone in a crucial battle. The single reason these dangerous, long-term drug traffickers continue to run drug cartels for profit is because of the protection of the Burmese dictatorship.

Burma: Humanitarian Assistance 'Not Enough'

Tue, 12 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 12 Oct 2004 - The chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Burma is concerned with the shortcomings of humanitarian assistance for opium-growers in sustainable alternative projects amid the tightening sanctions against the military regime. ''We are trying not to let Burma become another Afghanistan, where after the removal of the Taliban regime the opium situation has gone back to square one and it costs international taxpayers a lot today to clean up the mess since the poor Afghan farmers have no other choices,'' said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the UNODC representative in Burma.

Burma: Poppy Farmers Need Support

Wed, 13 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 13 Oct 2004 - The United Nations' report that more than one million impoverished farmers in Burma are facing a ''humanitarian disaster'' for giving up opium cultivation is the bad news in a story that could otherwise give the world's anti-drug campaigners cause for celebration. The significant decline in poppy fields and opium output in Burma's Shan state revealed by the Opium Survey 2004 of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime is encouraging. It shows the agency's efforts to eradicate opium cultivation through crop substitution programmes are moving in the right direction. Regretfully, the shortfall in the financial support from donor countries, particularly the United States and the European Union, are undermining the UNODC's attempt to build a safety net needed by these people who have given up their illicit crop. The agency revealed on Monday it was seeking $26 million over the next five years to fund UN-related crop substitution programmes and to ensure people have enough food, but has received only $12 million, from donors such as Japan. The dismal support means that an estimated 260,000 households, or more than 1.2 million people in the Wa region of the Shan state, where more than 90% of the country's poppy crops are grown, will stand to be adversely affected. The prospect that these people may end up facing the same fate befalling the poor Burmese farmers who gave up opium cultivation last year was disheartening. Shan's Kokang region gave up poppy cultivation in 2003, and the results have been devastating. Thirty percent of the region's 200,000 people left the area in search of work and food, two-thirds of the pharmacies closed and school enrolment plunged by 50%, according to UNODC.

Burma: Poppy Crop Drops Sharply in Burma

Tue, 12 Oct 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 12 Oct 2004 - Wa Leaders Promise End to Opium Cultivation by Next June, but Farmers Worry How They Will Feed Their Families Burma's production of opium has fallen dramatically over the last 12 months. Poppy production fell by more than 50% in 2004, according to the latest survey by the UN's anti-narcotics body.

Burma: Crop Substitution Programmes Not Working

Sun, 01 Feb 2004 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 01 Feb 2004 - "The Shan State with not just the crop-substitution programmes, but also with industrial and other projects that will give the farmers a new opportunity to stop the opium growing and have enough money to live," commented a Thai officer assigned to this task. But a change to other crops is not so simple. A Wa dissident warned: "Many farmers have problems finding a market for other crops, and the price may not be enough to survive on. So they return to growing the opium poppies as they have been doing for decades."

Burma: Uncertainty Over Pang Sang

Sun, 01 Feb 2004 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 01 Feb 2004 - The drug money is still flowing into the Wa capital, but pressure from China to curtail the illicit trade may be making the kingpins a little nervous "If we have any more opium here after 2005, you can come and chop my head off." This is the most famous statement of Pau Yu Chang, chairman of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), and the richest and most powerful Wa leader. A former member of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), he reigns the Wa region with an iron fist, or more like a communist dictator.

Burma: Burma Backs Thailand's War On Drugs

Sat, 29 Nov 2003 08:00:00 GMT

Bangkok Post, 29 Nov 2003 - Burma's State Peace and Development Council chairman Than Shwe says he backs Thailand's fight against drugs along the border, Defence Minister Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhya said. ``We have reached an understanding on security issues, and Burma agreed that both sides had to strengthen their cooperation to snuff out the problem which also posed security threats to Burma,'' the minister said after his return from a three-day visit to Burma.

Myanmar: Wire: 'Just Say No' -- Bush Dashes Myanmar's Hopes Of

Sat, 01 Feb 2003 08:00:00 GMT

Agence France-Presses, 01 Feb 2003 - WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (AFP) - President George W. Bush Friday accused Myanmar of failing to adequately battle drugs production, in a body blow to Yangon's calculated bid to shed its reputation as "narco- state." The decision featured in the president's annual report to Congress listing countries which fail to meet US standards for combating the drugs trade, and which are therefore face US sanctions.