Economic and Social Council
|1951/355(XII)D.||Offer for sale in Hong Kong of five hundred tons of opium at present in China54/*/|
The Economic and Social Council,
Taking into account the present efforts of a number of States to conclude an interim agreement to limit the production of opium to medical and scientific needs,
Considering that China had prohibited the cultivation of the opium poppy and had declared that it did not wish to export opium,
Considering that the draft of the said interim agreement, the general principles of which were approved by the Joint Committee of the Principal Opium-Producing Countries and of the Principle Drug-Manufacturing Countries during the first part of its session held in August 1950, is based on the assumption that China will continue to prohibit the cultivation of the opium poppy and the export of opium,
1. Views with concern the offer for export of five hundred tons of opium at present in China to which reference is made in document E/CN.7/211; and
2. Requests the organs entrusted under the international treaties with the control of narcotic substances to ascertain, if possible, the origin of this opium, the period in which it was collected, the total stocks of opium at present in China and whether the cultivation of the opium poppy and the export of opium are still prohibited in China.
27 February 1951
*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in a draft resolution at its fifth session (E/1889/Rev.1-E/CN.7/216/Rev.1, annex A, para. 5), In an operative para. 3 the Commission had, however, further held that a return to the production of opium in countries where traditionally it represented a social danger and where countries had decided to discontinue the production of opium and promulgated laws to this effect, was incompatible with the United Nations policy of limiting the production of opium to medical and scientific needs.