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Friday, 11.5.2007: US Provides $120,000 for Combating Drugs in Kompong Speu

Posted on 14 May 2007. Filed under: Week 507 |

Friday, 11.5.2007: US Provides $120,000 for Combating Drugs in Kompong Speu

Apologies for the delay.

This is posted from Dakar/Senegal after a long flight, as the Internet facilities in transit through the airports of Phnom Penh, Bangkok, and Paris had all not been accessible to post the following, already prepared material.

I hope to have – during the week to come – fairly regular Internet access to first catch up, and then to maintain regular postings.

Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 506

“Banteay Meanchey: Jeff Daigle, the spokesperson of the US Embassy, stated that the US Department of State has decided to provide $120,000 to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] in order to combat addictive substances use, as approximately 3 tonnes in form of powder have been recently found by Cambodian government authorities in Traeng Trayueng Commune, Oral District, Kompong Speu. He said so, as he went on 10 May to check the situation of Khmer people who carry AIDS, and of children who have been rescued from being trafficked, and get information about drug abuse in Poipet Commune, Ou Chrov District, Banteay Meanchey.

“Mr. Jeff Daigle went on to say that the UNODC will cooperate with the Kompong Speu authorities to combat drugs. He continued that concerning the combating of drugs, Cambodia and the UNODC said they need US$120,000, but in order to achieve the work, they need an advance of $6,000. He added that the US government is interested in combating drugs and therefore commits to assist. He affirmed that the US government has decided to assist with $120,000 through the US Department of State, but first with an advance of $6,000.

“Recently, Mr. Joseph A. Mussomeli, the US Ambassador to Cambodia, said that the fact that these chemical substances were found by the authorities in Kompong Speu – which were to be used to produce drugs – reflects the effort of the Royal Government to combat drugs in Cambodia. The US Ambassador said this as he checked a center for taking care of AIDS patients and drug addicts in Wat Kien Keh, Thma Koul District, Battambang. However, the issue of approximately 3 tones of drug chemicals found in Kompong Speu is a big example among the sites producing drugs or stocking drugs, which have been found by officials in Cambodia.

“Nevertheless, on 10 May, Koh Santepheap could not get more explanations from the Cambodian anti-drug officials about their combat against drugs. However, Mr. Jeff Daigle said that US authorities came to Cambodia to cooperate with the Cambodian government and then found the site of drug production in Kompong Speu. He continued to say that after the investigation and analysis, it is clear that the chemical substances are dangerous to people and to animals.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6036, 11.5.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 11 May 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1336, 11.5.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Receives New Ambassadors of Three Countries [Japan, North Korea, and Cuba]
  • Minister [of Information] Encourages [radio] Talkback Programs Which Are Popular
  • China Provides 30 Fire Engines to Cambodia
  • China Plans to Send Peacekeepers to Sudan
  • African Union Plans to Send 8,000 Peacekeepers to Somalia

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6036, 11.5.2007

  • US Provides $120,000 for Combating Drugs in Kompong Speu

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3155, 11.5.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: European Union Will Urge that 2008 Elections Be Conducted Transparently
  • US State Department Condemns Yuon [Vietnamese] Authorities for Cruel Oppression of Religious Beliefs
  • [Two groups of] CPP Officials’ Children Start Gunfight [against each other] Opposite Spark Entertainment Center, Frightening Chinese Embassy [across the road]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4281, 11.5.2007

  • Three Muslim Men Recruit People for Illegal Troop Mobilization, They Are Arrested [Pursat]
  • [Australian Phil Bowen] New Director of Asian Development Bank Comes to Cambodia [to check the implementation of ADB projects]
  • Businesspeople Rush to Transport Luxury Wood from Some Districts in Ratanakiri [to Vietnam]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3032, 11.5.2007

  • The King Receives Norodom Ranariddh Party Delegation Petitioning for a Pardon for Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #397, 11.5.2007

  • Government Secretly Repays World Bank $11.9 Million on Behalf of Corrupt Officials [according to officials at the Council of Ministers]
  • [US Ambassador] Joseph A. Mussomeli: It Is Good [for Cambodia] to Have Minerals and Oil, but It Is More Important to Have Children [with good education]

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