Saturday, 3 July 2010

Cambodia Ratifies the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism

via Khmer NZ News Media

The region’s efforts in fighting against terrorism have received another boost with the ratification of the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism (ACCT) by Cambodia.

Cambodia’s Instrument of Ratification of the Convention was signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hor Namhong on 14 June 2010. It was then deposited with the Secretary-General of ASEAN on 28 June 2010.

Cambodia is the fourth ASEAN Member State to ratify the Convention, after Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

The ACCT was signed by the ASEAN Leaders in Cebu, Philippines on 13 January 2007 during the 12th ASEAN Summit. The Convention aims to enhance the region’s capacity to confront terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation among the region’s law enforcement and other relevant authorities. It would be elevated to become a regional treaty once it has received ratification from at least six ASEAN Member States.

The ACCT’s entry into force signifies effective compliance to all relevant UN Conventions and Protocols regarding Counter-Terrorism.

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