During the three-day event, more than 300 representatives from ASEAN member nations, dialogue partners of ASEANAPOL, Interpol, and other observers took part in eight working sessions, in which they reviewed results in combating transnational crimes recorded by member nations of ASEANAPOL, its dialogue partners, and observers. They also pointed out shortcomings in carrying out the work.

Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve, Chief of the Office of the Police Investigation Authority under the Ministry of Public Security said that noticeably, the conference issued the joint communiqué, which is an important document orienting cooperation activities among police forces in the region and among regional police forces and counterparts in the world.

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Lieutenant General Tran Van Ve also affirmed that as the Chair of ASEANAPOL 39, Vietnam’s police force will try its best to enhance the effectiveness of the cooperation in crime prevention among ASEANAPOL members as well as between ASEANAPOL and its dialogue partners and observers. He added Vietnam hopes to receive the assistance of police forces of other ASEANAPOL members, dialogue partners, and observers to achieve the set targets.

ASEANAPOL was established in 1979 to combat human, drug, and arms trafficking along with fighting terrorism, trade frauds, commercial crime, high-tech crime, illegal wildlife trade, and others. ASEANAPOL has 26 members, including ten ASEAN member nations, ten dialogue partners (Australia, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the ASEAN Secretariat, the International Criminal Police Organization, and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation), and six observers (Fiji, Timor-Leste, the National Crime Agency of the U.K., International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation). Vietnam officially became a member of ASEANAPOL in 1996.

Translated by Tran Hoai