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ASEAN: Meetings on Transnational Crime

(Nov. 24, 2009) At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism; endorsed a Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter Terrorism; and adopted a Work Plan on Combating Illicit Drug Production, Trafficking and Use (2009-20015). Thus far, only Singapore and Thailand have ratified the 2007 anti-terrorism Convention. (Press Release, ASEAN Meetings on Transnational Crime Concludes [sic] in Siem Reap (Nov. 19, 2009), available at

Following the meeting, the fourth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) + 3 (the three being China, Japan, and Korea) Consultation was held and the first AMMTC + China consultation was launched. During the latter, the ministers signed a revised ASEAN-China Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues, to be implemented from January 2010 to 2014. Indonesia is scheduled to host the next AMMTC series of meetings in November 2011. (Id.)

The ASEAN member states are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (ASEAN Member States, ASEAN official website, (last visited Nov. 23, 2009).)