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UN Drug Agency Notes Decline in Burma's Opium Production


The UN's drug agency says opium poppy cultivation in Burma has plunged this year, with production falling 34% since 2005.

The agency said that opium cultivation in Burma fell to just over 21,000 hectares in 2006. But officials are warning that the international community must still provide assistance to eradicate opium cultivation from the region.

The Associated Press quoted U.N. and Burmese figures saying that opium poppy cultivation in the notorious "Golden Triangle" - where Thailand, Laos and Burma's border meet - has dropped 85 percent since 1998.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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