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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
4th Annual Meeting January 15-19, 1996
Cha-am, Phetchaburi Province Thailand

Resolution on drug abuse, trafficking and money laundering

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum:

Recalling the Resolution approved by acclamation at the Third Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Acapulco, Mexico in January 1995, and the UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988;

Aware of widespread illegal drug abuse, drug trafficking and related problems throughout the Asia Pacific region;

Acknowledging the clear commitment of members of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum to act against the production, manufacture, trafficking, and consumption of illicit drugs;

Recognizing the enormity of international trafficking in illicit drugs and the extent of the growth in production and consumption in the Asia Pacific region and its association with international and national crime and all its manifestations;

Convinced of the clear connection between the trafficking in illicit drugs and the incidence of the laundering of the financial proceeds of these illegal activities;

Gravely concerned that the countries of the Asia Pacific region may increasingly be used as transit points and are at risk of becoming centers for laundering money from illicit drug trafficking:

Convinced of the important role that international and regional cooperation can play in assisting national efforts in countering the activities of persons involved in theses activities;

Emphasizing that the problems of drug abuse, drug trafficking and related problems and their solutions must be considered within a broader economic and social context;

Expressing grave concern over the rapid spread and increasing severity of drug abuse and related problems such as crime, corruption, family breakdown, and human immunodeficiency virus especially among the poor;

Recognizing that in certain parts of the region, drug trafficking, is linked to illicit arms trafficking, terrorism, money laundering and other related criminal activities.

Stressing the urgent requirement to improve regional and international cooperation and coordination of activities directed at combating the illicit production and trafficking of drugs and the laundering of proceeds in all its variations.

Resolves to:

Call upon the APPF member countries to expand their cooperation in dealing with drug abuse and actively keep up information exchanges on drug production, drug trafficking and other connected information through bilateral and regional agreements:

Encourage APPF governments and parliaments to enhance law enforcement structures and capabilities in combating the illicit production and trafficking of drugs and the laundering of proceeds through closer law enforcement cooperation;

Urge the APPF member countries to accord priority to the development and implementation of comprehensive effective policy and programs to reduce demand and supply of the illicit drug.

Recommend that APPF member countries take concrete measures to increase public awareness of the danger of illegal drug abuse;

Call on the APPF member countries to exchange information and experience on medication and rehabilitation of drug abusers;

Urge the APPF member countries to consider standardizing their domestic laws regarding drug abuse.