VN attends 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime

Thursday 28/11/2019 16:07

VGP - Minister of Public Security General To Lam led a Vietnamese delegation to the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC-13) and relevant meetings, which kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 27. 

Speaking at the event, Lam said that Viet Nam has actively launched measures to cope with crimes and gained positive achievements. 

In 2019, as many as 132 human-trafficking cases were detected, seizing 284 criminals and saving 229 victims. 

As of November 15, 2019, functional agencies in Viet Nam uncovered 24,552 drug-related cases and 37,842 drug traffickers, seizing 1,584 kg of heroin, 137 kg of cocaine, nearly 200 kg of opium, 254 kg of dried marijuana, 6.23 kg kentamine, 1,756 kg and 1,363,495 meth tablets. 

From September 8-13, the nation hosted the ministerial-level meeting on enhancing cooperation in trans-national drug prevention and control in Ha Noi. 

The event has affirmed the strong political commitments and the role of Viet Nam in fighting against drug in the region and the world. 

Lam highlighted Viet Nam’s commitments to actively joining and holding responsible for cooperative frameworks of ASEAN in general and cooperation in trans-national drug prevention in particular. 

Law enforcement agencies of ASEAN member states should continue to maintain and strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, enhance the sharing of experience in fighting drug crime and joint investigations, and pay attention to improving the capacity of law enforcement staff, Lam said.

He also called for regional coordination in effectively implementing criminal judicial assistance requests among ASEAN countries and their partners, with priority given to negotiations to soon sign agreements on extradition and transfer of sentenced persons, and legal assistance in criminal matters.

The meeting issued a joint statement, in which the ministers welcome Việt Nam to host AMMTC-14 and related meetings in 2020, and praise efforts by the SOMTC working group on counter terrorism in the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation.

The event attracted the participation of 10 nations from ASEAN. 

By Thuy Dung 

 

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