Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cambodia Called on ASEAN Members to Jointly Combat Terrorism

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has called on all ASEAN members to closely cooperate and take strict measures in combating and preventing terrorism, piracy, illegal weapon trade and money laundering in order to provide security, peace, political stability and development in the region Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Council of Ministers made his statement during the opening speech at the closing ceremony of the ”Security Challenges Associated with Terrorism in Southeast Asia” meeting on August 21 at the InterContinental Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Council of Ministers, said that nowadays, terrorism is a threat to people in this region and the entire world. The Deputy Prime Minister said that besides this, weapon and drug smuggling, piracy, and money laundering have impacted the development and economic growth. “It is a threat to the regional and global security, peace and political stability, he further said. The Deputy Prime Minister further said that in her efforts to combat terrorism in Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia, in collaboration with the international community, has been working very hard in drafting and adopting new policies, systems and anti-terrorism laws.
“Terrorism, piracy, smuggling and money laundering are crimes that cross over borders. The ASEAN community faces many challenges in its fight against these crimes. Together we can stand strong against terrorists and criminals, and stop them from doing there despicable deeds. When we work closely together we can put a stop to these crimes. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all ASEAN countries and relevant international organizations to cooperate and to jointly face these problems,” he stated

General Sok Phal, Deputy General Director of the National Police Commission at the Ministry of Interior said that modern technologies, such as mobile phones and internet, are being used by terrorists to commit their crimes. The Ministry of Interior is taking strict measurements so that all postal systems, telecommunications and internet usage is controlled, to decrease the risks of terrorist attacks. The General Director further stated that the government is currently requesting telecommunication companies to cooperate with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications so that they will be better able to monitor Cambodia’s lines of communication. Telephone companies have been asked to properly register all mobile phone users, by registering their names an address details. A up to date register of all mobile phone users will enable authorities to capture anyone who is a threat to national safety.

He further told that the Ministry of Interior is currently investigating 8 separate cases, where kidnappers seem to have operated from Cambodia. Although the kidnappers committed their crimes of Cambodian soil, telephone research showed that the criminals have made calls from within Cambodia to the family of the victims.

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