Thai PM to help in drugs fight

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Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has said during a one-day official visit to Cambodia that his country will help fund the construction of a drug rehab centre in Preah Sihanouk province.

Gen Prayut met with Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday for a joint cabinet retreat at the Peace Palace.

The two parties vowed to fight cross-border drug related crimes and human trafficking.

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The countries also signed two documents – one a statement on the joint cabinet retreat and the other an agreement on avoidance of overlapping taxation and tax fraud.

Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting, Mr Hun Sen said a range of topics were covered in the talks.

“We want all migrant workers to work legally in Thailand,” he said, adding that moves to legalise workers will help avoid cheating by brokers.

“Our Thai friends will also help us construct a drug rehab centre in Preah Sihanouk province.”

It is not known how much Thailand will donate for the centre’s construction.

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Last month, a ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction of the approximately $6 million treatment centre for drug addicts in Preah Sihanouk province.

It will allow for the treatment of 2,000 people per year, and drug victims will also get training in specialist skills.

Vietnam has already provided $3 million in aid, as well as experts to crack down on illegal drugs in Cambodia and rehabilitate victims in the community-based treatment centre.

Mr Hun Sen confirmed both he and Gen Prayut intend to clear their border regions of drugs.

They will also create disaster relief funds to help people living on the border.

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“This is a very significant move to help people along the border when they face disasters such as fires or floods,” Mr Hun Sen said. Gen Prayut said the Thai government will help protect and legalise Cambodian migrant workers, especially those employed on fishing boats.

During the visit, Gen Prayut also paid a courtesy call to Senate President Say Chhum and inaugurated the Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Garden in Phnom Penh.

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