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Jakarta Post

ASEAN MEETING: Defense chiefs agree to cooperate on peacekeeping

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 20 2011   /  10:09 am

The fifth ASEAN Defense Minister Meeting (ADMM) issued on Thursday a joint declaration that called for cooperation on peacekeeping and military procurement

The call came in the form of backing the adoption of concept papers on an ASEAN Peacekeeping Center Network and an ASEAN Defense Industry Collaboration (ADIC).

Delegates also accepted the results of the second workshop of the Use of ASEAN Military Assets and Capacities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

Riefqi Muna, a political observer from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), said the joint declaration demonstrated substantial progress in the security sector at ASEAN’s higher levels.

“ASEAN has started to move forward in the right direction,” he told The Jakarta Post over the telephone.

However ASEAN still had many challenges to overcome, Riefqi added, saying that impleme...