ASEAN police chiefs sign joint agreement at Lao conference

08:32, June 03, 2011      

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) on Thursday signed a Joint Communique on enhancing police professionalism and strengthening regional anti-crime cooperation at the close of their 31st annual meeting, hosted by Laos.

During the meeting in the Lao capital of Vientiane, resolutions were adopted promoting timely and accurate information exchanges through the ASEANAPOL Secretariat, sharing of experiences and best practices, and encouraging member countries to provide public education and deepen cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies.

Chief of the Lao Police Force Colonel Sisavath Keomalavong remarked at the closing ceremony that "joint efforts among ASEANAPOL member countries, dialogue partners and regional and international organizations will contribute to the maintenance of peace, security and development in the region."

Colonel Sisavath, who chaired the conference, said "this is only the initial success of our cooperation, we still have to continue to effectively implement the decisions of our conference in the years to come, and the decisions will significantly contribute to joint efforts and cooperation to prevent and combat transnational crime."

The three-day meeting was opened on May 31, and focused on the discussion and exchange of latest information in security over the past year.

Over 200 high-ranking police officers from the ten ASEAN member countries and dialogue partner countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, as well as the representatives of the ASEANAPOL Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat and Interpol attended the conference.

The 10 ASEAN member countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Participants discussed the future direction of cooperation to cope with transnational crimes including drugs trafficking, terrorism, arms smuggling, human trafficking, maritime fraud, commercial crime, banking offenses and credit card fraud, cyber- crime and fraudulent travel documents.

They also heard progress on the Electronic ASEANAPOL Database System (e-ADS), mutual assistance in criminal matters and transnational fraud, and exchange of personnel and training programs.

Colonel Sisavath told assembled media that "the conference has been successfully concluded as we have duly achieved our aims and targets set, which will further contribute to enhanced cooperation not only amongst ASEANAPOL member countries and dialogue partners, but also to the overall efforts of the international community to prevent and combat various transnational crimes."

The conference unanimously agreed that the 32nd ASEANAPOL Conference will be held in Myanmar next year.

ASEANAPOL began in 1981 with the aim of strengthening ASEAN member police organizations, exchange of information between agencies and law enforcement cooperation.

Source: Xinhua
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