Min. Sagala Ratnayake addresses UNGASS on world drug problem

Min. Sagala Ratnayake addresses UNGASS on world drug problem

Min. Sagala Ratnayake addresses UNGASS on world drug problem

Written by Tharushan Fernando

21 Apr, 2016 | 1:46 pm

Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake represented Sri Lanka at the 30th Special Session on World Drug Problem by the UN General Assembly.

The minister, addressing the event, pointed out that the SL government is conscious of the the illicit production, trafficking and abuse of drug in the country

He further reiterated that the government is fully conscious of its” international obligations”, particularly stemming from the single Convention on Narcotics,drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the UN Convention against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 are all ratified by the government.

He went on to explain that in the efforts to tackle the drug problem, the existing national policy on drugs, which was formulated more than a decade ago will be reviewed and that the overall goal of the government is to reduce the drug problem to a minimum by 2020

He added that the government will adopt a broader programme and concern will be drawn towards prescribed medical drugs.

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