May 16, 2009
Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, General Director of the General Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security and chairman of the 29th ASEAN Police Chiefs Conference (ASEANAPOL) announced a joint communique about the conference outcome in Hanoi on May 15.
Lieutenant General Ngo said the 29th ASEANAPOL conference, with the theme “Building ASEAN police forces for stability and development in the region”, concluded successfully. He added that the 30th ASEANAPOL conference will be held in Cambodia in 2010.
During the three-day sitting, nearly 300 representatives from the police forces of 10 ASEAN member countries and representatives of their dialogue partners from Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand, held two plenary sessions and a number of other sub-committee meetings.
The conference agreed to set up a permanent secretariat for ASEANAPOL, which will start operating on January 1, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It agreed to carry out a number of co-operation projects between ASEAN countries and their dialogue partners to combat crimes.
The participants pledged to step up moves to prevent drug-related crimes, terrorism, arms smuggling, human trafficking as well as financial, hi-tech and drug-related transnational crimes. ASEAN police forces will provide each other with judicial assistance in penal matters and establish a criminal database.
Next month, Singapore’s police will begin a pilot course in foreign language training for ASEAN police officers.
A seminar on the establishment of a criminal database system will also take place in Vietnam later this year.
Replying to reporters’ questions, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Commander of the Malaysian Police, praised the success of the 29th ASEANAPOL conference, especially a Vietnamese initiative to work together to train the polices forces in ASEAN countries. This aims to enhance the capacity of police forces in ASEAN countries and meet the region’s demand for co-operation to prevent crimes during the process of global integration.
He highly valued the Vietnamese police force’s experience in criminal investigation and international co-operation and confirmed that co-operation between the Malaysian and Vietnamese police forces had obtained many excellent results in recent years. (VNA)