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Burma's PM Blames Britain for Drug Problem - 2004-09-26


Burma's prime minister General Khin Nyunt has blamed the nation's drug problems on colonial power Britain.

According to state media, the general told Burma's national anti-drug committee the military government is willing to cooperate on anti-drug efforts with neighboring states that do not interfere Burma's internal affairs.

He blamed Britain for introducing opium cultivation and trade in his country, and said Burma will continue its effort to eliminate all drug trade by 2014.

Burma is on a U.S. list of 22 countries seen by the White House as major drug producers or transit points. Earlier this month President Bush accused Burma of failing to adhere to international counter-narcotics obligations.

However, the United Nations says Burma has cut the total area cultivated for opium by more than half -- down to 63-thousand hectares -- within the past decade.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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