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A/51/93


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 April 1996

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                                                        A/51/93
                                                              

General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Item 105 of the preliminary list*

*    A/51/50.


                          INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL

            Letter dated 3 April 1996 from the Permanent Representative
                 of Cambodia to the United Nations addressed to the
                               Secretary-General


     I have the honour to enclose herewith a letter dated 12 March 1996
addressed to you by Mr. Ung Huot, Minister for Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, regarding the
clarification of the Royal Government of Cambodia on the inclusion of
Cambodia by President Bill Clinton of the United States of America in
the United States list of major illicit drug producing and transit
countries.

     I should be deeply grateful if the said attached letter could be
circulated as a document of the General Assembly, under item 105 of
the preliminary list.


                                             (Signed)  SISOWATH Sirirath      
                                                  Ambassador Extraordinary and
                                                        Plenipotentiary       
                                                    Permanent Representative  


                                     ANNEX

             Letter dated 12 March 1996 from the Minister for Foreign
             Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia to the
                               Secretary-General


     I have the honour to bring to your attention the following facts:

     The Royal Government of Cambodia was taken by surprise and could
not overcome its deep concern when President B. Clinton added Cambodia
to the United States State Department's list of major illicit drug
producing and drug transit countries on 23 February 1996.

     In this regard, I wish to bring to your consideration the
following clarifications:

1.   Cambodia is neither a drug producer, nor a consumer, nor a
trafficker country.  It may be on a transit route, but Cambodia is a
victim of this illegal traffic.

2.   The Royal Government of Cambodia has been working hard to fight
against drug transit through its territory despite its limited human
and material resources.  Cambodia has strengthened its counter-
narcotics efforts and has fully cooperated with other countries,
including the United States, and has taken adequate steps on its own
to meet the stated narcotics goals and objectives of the 1988 United
Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances.  New regulations with severe punishments have
been adopted.  Newly formed and undertrained drug enforcement units,
to their credit, have already made large seizures of heroin.  They
should be congratulated and encouraged, instead of using the seizures
to give credit to allegations that the Government was involved in the
traffic.

3.   The problems of drug trafficking are of international and regional
proportions and need international coordination.  Countries like
Cambodia need international support to meet the challenge.  Consumer
countries with plenty of means at their disposal should take adequate
and serious domestic measures to reduce the level of drug consumption.

4.   The Royal Government of Cambodia is very displeased and
disappointed by its inclusion in the United States list of major
illicit drug producing and drug transit countries.  This act adversely
affects Cambodia's international image and prestige, even though it
was later certified and made clear that it had fully cooperated with
the international community on this matter.

     I should be most grateful to have this letter circulated as a
document of the General Assembly.


                                                            (Signed)  UNG Huot


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