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Asean firm on security alert

Publication Date : 24-03-2014

 

The past decades have seen the rapid advent of globalisation that has in a way brought tremendous non-traditional security challenges to governments around the Southeast Asian region.

Defence analysts said that these non-traditional security threats wear many masks and are constantly evolving. Its extreme forms that include global terrorism and other non-traditional security issues including natural disasters, piracy, human trafficking and narcotics trade have often complicated the maintenance of both global and regional security. Asean leaders have so often stressed the need to work together and pool resources in order to effectively face these security challenges.

During the Asean Defence Interaction Programme (ADIP) that was held recently at Bandar Seri Begawan, our government had reiterated that it was important to strengthen cooperation among the Asean member states, which had suffered recent major tragedies such as Supertyphoon Haiyan and Bohol earthquake in the Philippines.

Our government stressed that this exercise in diplomacy is a true and tested formula that would definitely promote unity, respect, equality and mutual understanding, while at the same time creating and deepening lasting friendships. This is in accordance with the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), which has served as a platform for Asean defence ministers.

Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his speech on non-traditional security threats during one of the Security Council’s meetings said, “No country and no region, no matter how powerful, would be able to address those threats alone.

Therefore it is important for Asean that the ADMM is allowed to continue with its objective in establishing relationships with dialogue partners and further undertake steps to boost practical cooperation and confidence-building initiatives while addressing security challenges.

 

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