Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday during the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok called on the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to cooperate against extremism and terrorism in the region.
Mr Hun Sen said terrorism and extremism are common concerns and Asean leaders and UN Secretary-General António Guterres should fight them.
“Regarding violent extremism and terrorism, Cambodia requests Asean and the UN to join and prevent terrorist acts through exchanging experience and necessary information,” he said.
Mr Guterres in his speech said he will support the fight against terrorism and extremism in Southeast Asia.
“The United Nations will also continue to provide technical support for Asean’s comprehensive strategies for counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism, including by involving women, youth and civil society,” he said.
Thailand, the current chair of Asean, in a statement after the summit said the bloc has reaffirmed the importance of cooperation against threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism.
“We agreed on the importance of comprehensive approaches to counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism, in line with the UN secretary-general’s Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism,” it said.
It added the UN reaffirmed its commitment to providing technical support to Asean through the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism and UN agencies.
“We are pleased to note that our cooperation on this front has been enhanced through a range of capacity-building activities, including in areas addressing foreign terrorist fighters, the financing of terrorists and the promotion of counter-narratives to address efforts to propagate messages of hatred and destruction,” Thailand said in the statement.
Kin Phea, director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday said terrorism is a common concern in the world.
“I think it is our common concern, not only in the region but the world,” Mr Phea said. “Terrorism and violent extremism cannot be prevented by just one or two countries, we need to join efforts as multiple parties.”
“I think what Prime Minister Hun Sen raised about Cambodia’s concern reflects an issue that needs to be discussed and solved together,” he added.
In other news, Mr Hun Sen during the 10th Asean-UN Summit in Bangkok said Asean and the UN should push for the full implementation of the 2017-2020 Environmental Action Plan.
“Cambodia and all Asean members will work closely and effectively with the UN and UN agencies to push for the implementation of the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” Mr Hun Sen said.
The 2017-2020 action plan is part of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases among signatory countries.
Mr Guterres said the UN stands ready to support Asean to urgently accelerate progress across all the sustainable development goals, including actions on climate change, decent work and peace and justice.