Minister of Justice affirms to ASEAN Thailand will not legalize drugs


The Minister of Justice has affirmed to the ASEAN community and other relevant nations that Thailand will not legalize narcotics.


Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Kumchaiya chaired the opening yesterday of the 37th high-level ASEAN meeting on narcotics taking place at Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok. The summit is being attended by Secretary-General of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board Sirinya Sittichai and his counterparts from across ASEAN as well as China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and the United Nations. The meeting is to focus on achievements over the past year in terms of suppressing narcotics as well as rehabilitation of drug addicts, research and other relevant developments. The officials will also discuss the new 2016-2025 ASEAN Action and Cooperation Plan for Narcotics.

Gen Paiboon used the opportunity of the summit to bid all participants focus their efforts on remedying the drug trade in the Golden Triangle area, asserting work there would result in a major blow to drug traders. He also took the opportunity to assure that Thailand will not legalize narcotics use.