KUALA LUMPUR (VNS) — Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang underscored Viet Nam's significant achievements in preventing and combating cross-border crime while addressing the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC 10), which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
Following international commitments in the field, Viet Nam had effectively carried out national target programmes between 2012 and 2015 and built a national strategy on crime prevention for 2015-25, the minister noted.
The country had continued to improve its legal frameworks, domestically legalised international conventions on trans-national crime to narrow the differences in laws between countries and signed bilateral cooperation agreements with other ASEAN member states and dialogue partners, he said.
Vietnamese police had cracked down on transnational crime, drug and human trafficking, hi-tech crime and piracy, he added.
Within ASEAN and the ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (ASEANAPOL) co-operative framework, Viet Nam had worked closely with ASEAN law enforcement agencies to verify, investigate and address cross-border criminal cases. It had also arrested many foreign offenders who were handed over to the authorities of relevant countries.
The Minister called for strengthened collaboration between ASEAN law enforcement agencies in information and experience exchanges, in addition to working with immigration agencies to deal with migration issues, ensure safety for overseas communities and negotiate the signing of cooperation agreements on criminal, judicial and extradition support.
Simultaneously, the involved parties should work together to strengthen ASEAN solidarity and obtain support from dialogue partners to more effectively implement crime prevention programmes, he recommended.
At the conference, ASEAN Ministers agreed to pass an ASEAN Action Plan on Human Trafficking Prevention and Combat and the Kuala Lumpur declarations on the abnormal flow of migrants in Southeast Asia and on cross-border crime prevention in 2015.
They also issued the conference's Joint Statement, which commits to doubling efforts to prevent trans-national crime for regional and global peace and stability. — VNS