During a World Customs Organisation workshop on Monday, the deputy secretary-general of the General Department of Customs and Excise said that the Kingdom is stepping up its efforts to combat the smuggling of arms.
Nuon Chanrith, the deputy secretary-general, presided over the workshop that was attended by nine Asia-Pacific countries at Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh.
“Illegal light-arms trafficking can threaten peace, security and stability,” Mr Chanrith said. “It could also threaten the lives of millions of human beings across the world.”
He added that the knowledge obtained at the workshop would prepare customs officers in Asia to collaborate with WCO.
Shigeaki Katsu, a JICA expert tasked with advising the General Department of Customs and Exise, said yesterday that security remains an important sector.
Mr Shigeaki added that cooperation between nations is key to tackling the issue of illegal arms smuggling.
“This workshop will provide an opportunity for all those that participate to cooperate with each other more closely,” he said. “It will provide information, knowledge and key experience to counter terror effectively.”
Sieng Lapresse, a government adviser, said earlier this year that he had studied how weapons were being controlled and managed by governments.
“The Defence and Interior Ministries are responsible for managing weapons in their respective warehouses and preventing them from being smuggled elsewhere,” Mr Lapresse said at the time.
According to a National Police report on Tuesday, there were two incidents of arms smuggling from Cambodia to Thailand last year.
The report said that ten suspects were arrested, including three in Cambodia and seven in Thailand.
Police confiscated a total of 36 rifles and 4,003 rounds of ammunition.