Opening Remarks in the AMIIM for the 6th ACDFIM (Bangkok, Thailand from 29-30 July 2008)
Your Excellency, LTG Surapong Suwana – adth, Director of Directorate of Joint Intelligence, Royal Thai Armed Forces and as a Chairman of the 6th ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Meeting (AMIIM)
Distinguished fellow ASEAN Military Intelligence Chiefs
Ladies and gentlemen.
First of all, may I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Royal Thai Armed forces for hosting the 6th ASEAN Chief of Defense Forces Informal Meeting in Bangkok this year. It is my great pleasure and honor to be here for the 6th AMIIM. I am also very pleased to meet other friendly esteemed fellow chiefs who are present this morning.
On behalf of Military Intelligence of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, allow me to extend our deep thanks for the invitation to attend the Pre - 6th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Force Informal Meeting (Pre – ACDFIM), Military Intelligence Chiefs meeting. Your Excellency, LTG.Surapong Suwana – adth, my utmost congratulation on your warm welcome and hospitality extended to my delegation and on your successfully hosting the event magnificently.
Mr. Chairman, my distinguished counterparts, ladies and gentleman.
It is a very important session for our ASEAN countries to cooperate with each other for the benefit and mutual interest of respective nations. The 6th AMIIM is truly a spirit of joint efforts in addressing many new emerging challenges even by bilateral or multilateral military channel and we all together have accomplished a number of achievements in sustaining stability, cooperation, humanitarian assistance, relief operations and many other interactional backings.
Over the years, ASEAN military intelligence cooperation has become an important channel that contributes to building the confidence, improving understanding and strengthening the cooperation between ASEAN militaries. The regional reality requires all ASEAN members to strengthen their cooperation and support each other to deal with the challenges effectively. The effective activities of sharing expertise and building confidence between ASEAN militaries is to recognize that we are going along the right track of the basic of fundamental principles of ASEAN; respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of every country not to support the external interference in the internal affairs of ASEAN. Indeed, we are still facing countless unpredictable new arising issues and challenges in the future, more or less, may have impact on regional relations or destabilizing ASEAN. So we all together must be ready to collaborate, understand and respect each other equally in dealing with any eventual problems.
Over the recent years, although still in need more improvement and better conditions, Cambodian government has cooperated closely and actively with our brotherly ASEAN countries as well as the world community on many fields in ensuring security in the region such as counter – terrorism, non-traditional threats, transnational crimes, natural disasters, the avian flu and, especially, humanitarian peacekeeping operations (mine clearance) requested by UN in Sudan contributing to international humanitarian operation of the government of Cambodia, in which we received massive success from 2006 up to now. In the framework of ASEAN military cooperation, we see the that the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operation as one of the major tasks that have to be implemented by joint operations among ASEAN countries through sharing the experiences and expertise that each individual Armed Forces has would certainly benefit all of us.
In conclusion, I would like to convey our best wishes to you all, for enhancement of peace and stability in the ASEAN region, for mutually beneficial cooperation toward the prosperity of all nations of ASEAN.