The 39th Aseanapol Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam last week ended following successful discussions on tackling transnational crimes, terrorism, and strengthening security matters in the region.
According to a statement from the National Police, a representative from the Public Security Ministry of China during a plenary session praised Cambodian National Police forces for preventing internet extortion through VoIP scam and deporting thousands of Chinese nationals who were involved.
China has also praised a decision made by Prime Minister Hun Sen to stop issuing licenses for online gambling.
“This decision has not only helped security and public order in the country [Cambodia] but it has been helping millions of Chinese nationals who had lost many assets and hundred thousand dollars,” the statement said.
“Second, China has praised the cooperation on law enforcement of police officials between the two countries, especially for arresting and deporting hundreds of criminal Chinese nationals back to China,” it added.
National Police chief General Neth Savoeun also held various meetings on the sidelines, including with General To Lam, Vietnam’s Public Security Minister, representatives from the United Kingdom’s NCA, representatives from the Australian Federation Police, representative of the FBI from the US, and with representatives from Singapore.
It noted that Cambodia and the United Kingdom’s ongoing cooperation continues to grow, especially on anti-human trafficking and protecting juveniles, the statement further noted.
“Both parties have agreed to increase exchanging information to target suspects of child abuse,” it said.
It added that in the meeting with representatives from the AFP, Australia praised Cambodia on the good cooperation in combating drugs.
In the meeting with the FBI, the bureau’s representatives noted the good cooperation in relation to investigating arrested American nationals who fled to Cambodia.
The National Police statement added that the FBI has promised to welcome Cambodian delegates to its headquarters to discuss security for large events, as the Kingdom is preparing to host the Asia-Europe Summit and Southeast Asia games.
“They promised to send a technical advisor from the FBI to help Cambodia if it is needed,” it said.
Nearly 300 delegates from the 10 Asean members, 10 dialogue partners of Aseanapol and six observers reportedly attended the three-day event.
The conference discussed ways to promote cooperation in preventing and fighting 10 types of emerging crimes, including drug crime, terrorism, weapon smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, financial-banking crime and hi-tech crime.
Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve, head of the Office of the Criminal Investigation Agency under Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, in addressing the closing ceremony, said a joint communiqué issued by the conference is an important document, defining the directions for cooperation among police forces in the region and between regional police forces and counterparts in the world.