Committee to fight terrorism formed

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

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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