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ASEAN co-operation needed in the fight to combat piracy

Update: February, 26/2015 - 09:26
A delegation from Viet Nam is attending a two-day conference in Kuala Lumpur to discuss information sharing on the fight against maritime terrorism. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Dung

KUALA LUMPER (VNS) — A delegation from Viet Nam is attending a two-day conference in Kuala Lumpur to discuss information sharing on the fight against maritime terrorism.

Shahidan Kassim, the minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister's Office, yesterday stressed the need for co-operation to beat the age-old problem.

Senior officier from the Department of Foreign Relations under Ministry of Public Security, Lieutenant Colonel Tran Thi Kim Nguyet, said the region's maritime security situation had become worse as attacks from pirates became more complex.

Nguyet said ASEAN countries should step up efforts to share intelligence and hold law-enforcement exercises among the bloc members.

He said Viet Nam had set up a maritime security hotline with the Philippines and would soon link China and Laos.

Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 was hijacked and robbed of a third of its oil load by a gang of armed pirates, causing losses of VND30 billion (US$1.4 million) last October.

The ten ASEAN members included Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines. Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam — VNS

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