Representatives of about 20 Asia-Pacific countries gathered yesterday in Phnom Penh to begin a three-day security workshop to discuss armed conflicts and law-enforcement operations.
According to a press release, the workshop, which focuses on “military security operations”, serves as a platform for military and police forces to delve into contemporary and relevant law enforcement issues through case studies and plenary discussions.
General Ith Sarath, deputy commander-in-chief and chief of joint of staff with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said the workshop covers military operations, and that it will promote awareness of national and international laws.
Gen Sarath said about 20 countries are participating in the three-day workshop, including Vietnam, China and Thailand.
“Participants from across the Asia-Pacific region will exchange ideas and experiences about technical and behavioral challenges and how they were solved,” Gen Sarath said, noting that the first day of the workshop was a good learning experience for the participants.
“They came together to share how laws are implemented and they learned from each other about the norms in law enforcement,” Gen Sarath said. “I hope the workshop will finish with fruitful results.”
He noted that the International Committee of the Red Cross is working closely with the RCAF to organise the workshop.
Aside from the workshop, ICRC has also worked closely with the RCAF members, including UN Cambodian peacekeeping forces.
Roman Paramonov, head of ICRC’s mission in Cambodia, yesterday said during the workshop that troops should be aware of International Humanitarian Laws, otherwise known as Law of Armed Conflict.
“It is very important that all groups are made aware about the application of IHL and the respect for humanitarian principles during special operations,” Mr Paramonov said. “In this respect, all efforts must be made so that humanitarian principles prevail during the planning and execution of operations by security forces.”
“Paying a high price for peace and stability, Cambodia today is one of the fastest growing economies in the region, venue of various projects and initiatives, one of the biggest providers of contingents for peacekeeping operations,” he added. “We believe Cambodian experiences will be useful.