One of the fundamental principles of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as enshrined in the Bangkok Declaration of 8 August 1967 was "strengthening the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations." ASEAN policies, plans, strategies and activities revolve around this principle.
ASEAN founding fathers aware that globalization, technological advancement and greater mobility of people and resources across national borders, transnational crime has become increasingly pervasive, diversified and organized. The ASEAN region has to deal with many new forms of organized crimes that transcend national borders and political sovereignty such as terrorism, new types of drug abuse and trafficking, innovative forms of money laundering activities, arms and peoples smuggling, trafficking in women and children, piracy and other massive model of crimes.
Recognizing the urgency to tackle transnational crimes from the regional dimension, the Philippines hosted the inaugural meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Interior/Home Affairs on Transnational Crimes on 20 December 1997 in Manila. The highlight of the meeting was the signing of the ASEAN Declaration on Transnational Crimes by the Ministers. The Declaration also established the basic framework for regional cooperation on fighting transnational crime. Accordingly, the ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) was to convene once in every two years to coordinate activities of relevant bodies such as the ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) and annual meeting on the ASEAN Chiefs of National Police (ASEANAPOL).
The Declaration also outlined the following initiatives for regional cooperation on tackling transnational crime. One important point among 8 (eight) initiatives is “to encourage Member Countries to consider assigning Police Attaches and/or Police Liaison Officers in each other's capital in order to facilitate cooperation for tackling transnational crimes”.
Finally, it can be concluded that up to now the relation between two countries has been well and going on in harmony by having as follow:
§ Task Implementation of Indonesia National Police Attaché or liaison officer at The Kingdom of Thailand during the period of assignment goes well. It was showing by the implementation of harmonization in the various fields of cooperation between the police of two countries, such as in the form of capacity building, exchange of information, cooperation in the investigation and Transnational Crime reduction and prevention.
§ Deployment of Indonesia National Police Attaché in Thailand is a very important addition to the speed in delivering a wide range of issues of police cooperation between the two countries, especially to facilitate a variety of coordination and communication between the two organizations Police State.
§ As part of the reciprocal principle, it would be much more effective if the Thai police side put its Police Attaché or Liaison Officer in Indonesia that has been done by Malaysia, Singapore and others countries in Jakarta.
Alan Castle, Transnational Organized Crime and International Security, Working Paper, No. 19, Institute of International Relations the University of British Columbia, November 1997.
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