Monday, March 1, 2010

Cambodia and America Crackdown on Weapons Smuggling

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations of America have cooperated well for almost all sectors, especially military sector, to strengthen security for providing peace and political stability for people in Phnom Penh and provinces as well as in the world.

Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, Minister of Economy and Finance, said that so far the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations of America have been cooperating and working closely to combat against terrorism and weapons smuggling in order to strengthen security, peace and political stability in Cambodia and also the world.

To maintain and strengthen the peace and stability in Cambodia as well as in the world, so far the Cambodian government and the United Nations of America have cooperated and worked hard in exchanging information relating to terrorism, crimes crossing the borders, sea robberies and weapons smuggling activities in the region, he said.

“On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, I really appreciate the good cooperation between Cambodia and the United Nations of America in all sectors in strengthening and providing the peace, security and stability for the whole people in region as well as in the world,” he said during opening his opening remarks delivered to the Seminar on the “Weapon of Mass Destruction Commodity Identification Training” in Phnom Penh on February 17.

Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon continued to say that to combat the terrorism and weapons smuggling in Cambodia, the Royal government under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has been working hard in searching and controlling.

“I also thank all the US development partners and the American Embassy in Cambodia for their kind cooperation and hard work in providing their humanitarian assistance to the development in Cambodia,” he said.

He added that the government has also issued the clear strategies and policies and also established the law against terrorism; law against secret money and financial terrorists; and other related laws and regulations in Cambodia. The government has also ratified and signed many related conventions and other United Nations’ protocols in the world.

Carol A. Rodley, American Ambassador to Cambodia, said that preventing the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), their delivery systems, related technologies, and advanced conventional weapons is one of the most pressing security challenges facing the world today. She continued to say that the strong collaborative relationship between two governments and relevant international organizations on these issues stemmed from a common dedication to take the steps necessary to stop proliferation.

The Ambassador stated that globalization of trade has made proliferation a truly international problem. Ever-expanding global trade markets and technological advances have made it more difficult to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the materials used to produce them. She added that any nations and economies in Asia and around the world have discovered that strong strategic trade controls actually enhance trade by increasing trading partners’ confidence that their exports and shipments will reach their intended destinations and not end up helping terrorists to develop WMD.

“I am pleased to note that Cambodia is a participant in both Proliferation Security Initiative and the Global Initiative. Hosting this workshop is a concrete sign of the government’s continuing commitment to these efforts,” she said.

The Ambassador said the international community is becoming increasingly sophisticated in how it applies financial and economic defensive measures to combat international security threats. This new era requires that governments and private sectors work together in close collaboration along with international partners to proactively identify threats to international security and ensure that such threats are effectively isolated.
She added that as part of the United States’ obligations under UNSCR 1540, our Export Control and Related Border Security program funds much of the training aimed at helping countries develop strong strategic trade control policies consistent with international standards, without impairing the flow of legitimate trade.
“We are currently providing training and assistance to over 60 countries and economies globally. In today’s world of global trade, every country has a role to play in upholding these international standards,” she said. “We are grateful for this cooperation, and look forward to our continued mutual efforts to control proliferation-sensitive commerce and to secure our economic and security interests,” she stressed.
About 30 Cambodian officers have attended the “WMD Commodity Identification Training” over three days from February 17-19. They came from the Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Secretariat of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, Autonomous Port of Phnom Penh, Autonomous Port of Sihanoukville, and Ministry of Interior. The training was jointly organized by the US Department of Energy and the Secretariat of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee. ///

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