Vietnamese, Lao procuracies bolster cooperation in drug crime combat

Vietnamese Prosecutor General Le Minh Tri speaks at the event (Source: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) – Prosecutors from
Vietnamese and Lao border provinces discussed measures to increase the
efficiency of the fight against drug crime at a conference in the central
province of Quang Nam on July 18.

The event is the fifth meeting of the
people’s procuracy agencies of provinces along the Vietnam-Laos border.

Speaking at the conference, Vietnamese
Prosecutor General Le Minh Tri reviewed the cooperation in fighting drug crime between
the Supreme People’s Procuracies of Vietnam and Laos following the fourth meeting
of border provinces held in Luang Prabang in October 2015.

The two sides have intensified information
sharing and cooperation in investigation, so that a lot of major rings
operating in the border areas have been detected and razed.

Within the framework of the ASEAN
Community, the two procuracies have actively participated in building the
community, and intensified communication activities to enhance prosecutors’
awareness about the role of the community, Tri added.

Lao Prosecutor General Khamsan Suvong
stated that in the context of international integration, trans-national
organised crime, especially drug crime, is threatening social security, order
and safety, and impacting the economy’s stability.

He stressed the need for the two countries
to foster cooperation at the local, national, regional and global levels.

At the meeting, participants suggested the
two countries push forward with cooperation in prosecutor training, teach the
Vietnamese and Lao languages to prosecutors in border provinces, and encourage
procuracies in provinces and districts along the border line to increase the
exchange of delegation exchanges for information and experience sharing.

The Supreme People’s Procuracies were urged
to complete procedures for the early signing of a new mutual judicial
assistance agreement on criminal affairs.

Both sides agreed to organise the sixth
meetng in Laos in 2019.-VNA

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