Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC

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Opium poppy cultivation in the Golden Triangle stabilized in 2015 at high levels. Photo: UNODC

Helping regions in Myanmar which are wracked by conflict move away from opium production is good for the economy and will help solidify the country's peace process.

That's according to Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), speaking on Wednesday, following the launch of the agency's latest Myanmar Opium Survey.

Opium is refined to make heroin, and although the total cultivation area has "decreased significantly" this year, several key states where often inter-ethnic conflict is on-going, have seen negligible progress.

Matt Wells asked Mr Douglas when Myanmar became a hub of opium production.

Duration: 4'08"

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