The United Nations said Myanmar’s ethnic minority groups by opium purchase arms (Figure)
Data for: Myanmar Shan armed
United Nations report said yesterday, northeastern Myanmar ethnic minority groups have begun efforts to increase the cultivation of opium to buy weapons, to resist the Burmese military may attacks.
media yesterday quoted the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as saying that Myanmar’s opium production for the third consecutive year-on-year increase of 11%, Shan State, which accounts for 95% of production. Myanmar is second only to Afghanistan, the world’s second largest opium producer.
UNODC Director-General Antonio Costa Ao Mali said: “The increasingly volatile situation in northeastern Myanmar, opium affect the market (some ethnic minority groups) are selling drugs to buy weapons and inventory to be removed to avoid detection. “
August of this year, violent military conflict in the region, resulting in a large number of refugees into China. Myanmar’s government wants local people to participate in next year’s general election, and asked local militants to lay down arms and participate in the government’s border patrol forces, or face the fate of being exterminated.
United Nations reports that Myanmar’s land area used for opium cultivation in 2006 increased by 50 percent to 31,700 hectares. Reported that, although the acreage, but this year the output value of Myanmar’s opium cultivation may decline from the $ 123 million to $ 104 million, representing a decrease of 15%.
However, other crop prices in the case of $ 1.326 per kilogram price of opium for farmers is still very attractive.