Joint Communique of the Fourth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC), Bangkok
We, the ASEAN Ministers overseeing the issues of transnational crime, gathered on 8th January 2004 in Bangkok, to strengthen our commitment to combat transnational crime affecting our region and to enhance cooperation towards this end.
We welcome the Declaration of the ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II) at the 9th ASEAN Summit in Bali in October 2003 and the agreement to establish an ASEAN Security Community which among others envisage the utilization of the existing institutions and mechanisms within ASEAN for strengthening national and regional capacities to counter terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in persons and other transnational crimes.
We recognise the increasing trend of acts of terrorism and other forms of transnational crime, including illicit drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, sea piracy, international economic crime, cyber crime and trafficking in persons in the region.
We view with concern the proliferation of transnational crime, including acts of terrorism that threaten the security, peace and stability of our region and therefore reaffirm our commitment to enhance cooperation in combating transnational crime.
5. We reaffirm our resolve to take a comprehensive and coordinated approach in addressing the various areas of transnational crimes that have links to terrorism.
We are committed to accelerate the implementation of the Work Programme to implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime.
We reiterate the call by our Leaders at the 8th ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh for the international community to avoid indiscriminately issuing advisories to their citizens to refrain from visiting or otherwise dealing with our countries, in the absence of evidence of possible terrorist attacks.
We welcome the extra-regional cooperation with our Dialogue Partners in combating transnational crime and acknowledge the progress that has been made in this area. We look forward to further strengthening the cooperation.
We acknowledge the efforts of several ASEAN Member Countries that have already ratified some of the 12 international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism.
We recognise the need for an effective legal cooperation to enhance the fight against transnational crime and acknowledge that the provision of mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition agreements can be a tool towards this.
We are committed to strengthening information and intelligence exchange in all areas of transnational crime and welcome Thailand’s initiative to host a workshop to identify concrete collaboration in this matter.
We welcome the ASEAN Plus Three cooperation in combating transnational crime and look forward for our inaugural ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime on 10th January 2004.
We welcome the kind offer of Viet Nam to host the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime in 2005.
We express our deepest appreciation to the Government of Thailand for the warm and generous hospitality accorded to us and our respective delegations. We also express our sincere appreciation to the ASEAN Secretariat for its invaluable assistance.