Deputy minister attends UN meeting on drugs

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ALL countries need to work together in addressing the threat of drugs that are transnational in nature, the deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office said.

In his speech during the United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem in New York recently, Dato Paduka Hj Hamdan Hj Abu Bakar said Brunei is no exception to the threats of narcotics that are prevalent in every country.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday quoted the deputy minister as saying Brunei is committed to countering the global drug problem and the implementation of the three international drug control conventions.

“Brunei adopts a comprehensive and balanced approach through a supply and demand reduction strategy that consists of a comprehensive legal, policy and administrative framework put in place,” he said.

He said drug policy reforms do not necessarily work or uniformly apply to all countries as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach in addressing the drugs problem in each country.

The sovereign right of each country also needs to be taken into account when working on reforming any drug policy, he added.

He reiterated that ASEAN embraces a zero-tolerance approach against drugs and that they are committed to suppressing and eliminating the threat of drugs while condemning its abuse.

The session was attended by representatives of all United Nations member states including heads of states, ministers, heads of departments responsible for tackling drugs, academics, and non-governmental organisations.

At the end of the meeting, members adopted the document of the special session titled ‘Our Joint Commitment to Effectively Address and Counter the World Drug Problem’.

The Special Session was held from April 19-21.

Also in attendance was Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the UN Dato Paduka Hj Abd Ghafar Hj Ismail and other officials.

The Brunei Times