MANILA: The Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand agreed yesterday to form a joint committee that will boost multi-lateral co-operation against terrorism.
The decision to create the committee came at the end of a three-day security conference which was aimed at fine-tuning multi-lateral responses to terrorism hosted by the Philippines' National Security Adviser Roilo Golez.
The committee will provide “policy guidance” in implementing projects and establish a framework for co-operation in exchanging information and setting up communication procedures in the fight against terrorism.
The joint committee would also handle other crimes like “piracy, money laundering, smuggling and gun-running,” Golez said in a statement.
He did not say if the joint committee would have a permanent headquarters.
Golez earlier said security chiefs in the region were mulling over the creation of an Asean centre where intelligence information on threats could be assessed. – AFP
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