Military confirms transparency of drugs suppression plan

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BANGKOK, 31 May 2011 – The military has confirmed transparency of the 3-1-5 narcotic drug suppression operation in Bangkok and its vicinities, stressing that there is no hidden political agenda as alleged. 

Speaking about the narcotic drug suppression mission, Army Spokesperson Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd explained that the 3-1-5 strategy is aimed at preventing narcotic drug spread, reducing its ill impact on communities and solving related issues. The authorities taking part in the mission comprise the police, military, civilians and officials of the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

Earlier, Bangkok Election Centre Director of the Pheu Thai Party Vicharn Minchainant called for the strategy’s cancellation, claiming that its real purpose was to track movements of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship for the benefit of the government in this election.

Colonel Sansern urged all political parties launching their campaigns for the upcoming general-election to rest assured in the transparency of the operation. He then asked all sides not to drag the military and the armed forces into politics.

The 3-1-5 narcotic drug suppression mission has been implemented since 26 April in accordance with the government’s policy to address the narcotic problem in the kingdom. The mission is scheduled to complete in September while the ONCB is likely to declare a result of the operation soon, the Colonel said.