KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Combating Transnational Crime will see an expansion of cooperation among Asean members on sea piracy.
Indonesian police chief General Badrodin Haiti said the adoption of the declaration will also address non-traditional maritime security threats such as maritime terrorism, climate change and illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
This, he said, would be a “renewed document” compared to the Asean Declaration on Transnational Crime adopted in 1997, which only mentioned sea piracy.
“It is hoped that our collaboration with other member states in this area will be enhanced, especially with the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
“We will also discuss IUU fishing in-depth. There were some issues with Thailand on IUU fishing which we hope to (resolve),” he said when met at the Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime.
Badrodin said the inclusion of two new areas in the Kuala Lumpur declaration, namely, wildlife and timber trafficking, was timely.
The other areas to be focused on in terms of cooperation are trafficking in persons, cybercrime, economy-related crime, money laundering, and smuggling of arms and drugs.