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U.S. Ambassador in Phnom Penh Says Airport is a Battlefield for Drugs

U.S. Ambassador in Phnom Penh Joseph Mussomeli says Friday that he considers the International Airport in Cambodia is an important battlefield in fighting drugs for a long term, after Cambodian authorities found some drugs going through the airport to foreign countries.

His comments were made at a graduation ceremony of a five-day training on the expertise of confiscating drugs at airports.

This training was for 35 police officers with the budget funded by the U.S. office of law enforcement and international anti-drug trafficking.

He says that the drug problem in Cambodia is very real, and Cambodia's airports are an important balleground in the fight against drugs. Cambodia's airports are one route through which cocaine and ecstasy are trafficked into Cambodia, and heroin and methamphetamines are trafficked out.

Mr. Mussomeli stresses that like the war on terrorism, the war on drug is a long term fight and persistent.

He continues that this war will not be won by a quick and easy solution and we cannot win this war by using a normal mean.

Cambodia is considered to be a bridge, a transit, and a crossing border for drugs.