ASEAN defence talks conclude in Cambodia
QĐND - Saturday, May 26, 2012, 20:58 (GMT+7)
The ASEAN Regional Forum Defence Officials' Dialogue (ARF-DOD) ended in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on May 25, with an agreement to enhance military cooperation when supplying humanitarian aid after natural disasters and peacekeeping operations.
According to a summary of the two-day meeting, the talks emphasised the importance of better coordination and information sharing across the region to provide humanitarian assistance promptly after disasters occur.
On peacekeeping operations, the forum were of the view that modern peacekeeping operations require an integrated approach, which includes a range of measures including conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction, said the report.
The meeting identified several challenges when deploying peacekeeping forces such as proficiency in foreign languages, commitment to long-term deployments, and selecting the right personnel for the right tasks.
In his closing remarks, Major General Lay Chenda, Director of the Cambodian Defence Ministry's ASEAN Affairs Department, said the talks were successful and emphasised that security cooperation along with regional connectivity are the foundation for sustainable peace and stability.
The ARF-DOD was attended by defence officials from 27 countries, including ASEAN, the United States, Russia, China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea.