Indonesian Parliament Urges AIPACODD to Strictly Apply Rules on Eradicating Hazardous Drugs
Jakarta –Vice Chairperson of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives of the Republic Indonesia, Mardani Ali Sera, urges the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) to strictly implement drug eradication rules at the 3rd meeting of The AIPA - Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (CODD) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
"The Indonesian Parliament calls on AIPA members to seriously implement the rules on the eradication of illegal drugs to reach the ASEAN Drug-Free Zone. We are facing a drug emergency. "Mardani said at the Senayan Complex in an online meeting on Monday (6/29).
The fight against illegal drug trafficking and its abuse has become one of AIPA's top priorities bearing in mind drug trafficking is transnational organized and cross border crime. Judging from its nature, the transnational crime cannot be tackled alone.
Mardani explained that cooperation and collaboration among various stakeholders are needed to address the issue of drug trafficking as an international crime. “In combating drug trafficking and its abuse, exchange of experience, joint operations and sharing information on intelligence are needed.“ he said.
Moreover, Mardani also revealed that Indonesia continues to promote cooperation with the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters (AMMD), the ASEAN Senior Official on Drug Matters (ASOD) and other forms of cooperation. He made a comment that such cooperation is a serious form of commitment to combat this extraordinary crime for the future of the nation.
“We also invite ASEAN Member States to call for greater cooperation through joint exercises, capacity building, best practices, and intelligence sharing in International Center for Anti-Narcotics Excellence (INARCELL)." he said.
Member of Commission II of the House added that although the recent COVID-19 outbreak has provided the country with additional buffering to anticipate the flow of drugs as border controls are tighter, cross-border trade cases are still reported.
"Therefore, it is important for the parliament to carry out parliamentary duties to encourage the application of the law while overseeing government agencies involved in eradicating and combating drug trafficking and drug abuse." the legislator from Jakarta constituency said.
Mardani expressed his hopes that in the future AIPA-CODD can be more active in promoting cooperation with the existing regional mechanisms. In this way, ASEAN’s intensified efforts in combating drug trafficking and abuse can become more "united and responsive."