Cambodian PM urges people to support anti-drug campaign

Phnom Penh, (IANS) Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday called on people to support the government’s six-month anti-drug crackdown launched in January, a media report said.

“I’d like to appeal to all people to join the government to prevent the use of illicit drugs and to eliminate the drugs for the future of our offspring,” Hun Sen said in a speech during a Buddhist ceremony, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said parents should also act to keep their children away from illicit drugs.

The Prime Minister added that although some countries such as the Philippines and Mexico allowed police to kill drug criminals during operations, Cambodia did not allow killings.

Cambodia launched the six-month anti-drug campaign on January 1, 2017. According to government figures, some 2,428 people were arrested in nearly 1,000 drug-related cases in January.

Medaram Jathara

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