CTED and ASEANAPOL pledge to strengthen cooperation
The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the ASEANAPOL (Chiefs of Police of ASEAN member States) Secretariat have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in countering terrorism in the subregion of Southeast Asia.
The two entities met for the first time on 13 June 2011 at the ASEANAPOL Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mr. Mohd Nadzri B. Zainal Abidin, Executive Director of the ASEANAPOL Secretariat and Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Police of Malaysia, noted the many complementarities in the respective efforts of the Counter-Terrorism Committee/CTED and ASEANAPOL to assist Member States in their implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005), and expressed his desire to enhance their cooperation.
CTED was established in 2005 to assist the Counter-Terrorism Committee in its efforts to monitor and promote implementation of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001).
ASEANAPOL, established in 1981, is a forum of Chiefs of Police of 10 member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ASEANAPOL developed the electronic ASEANAPOL Database System (e-ADS), and in June 2007 reached an historic information-sharing agreement with the Lyon-based International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), which enables officers of INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) around the world to access criminal information stored in the e-ADS.
The ASEANAPOL Secretariat, which began its operations in 2010, facilitates intelligence and information sharing/exchange, coordinates joint operations involving criminal investigation, maintains the e-ADS, and works to enhance the capacities of the subregion. It considers regional law enforcement and crime control matters, including terrorism, and conducts training courses and seminars for police officers of ASEAN States, including counter-terrorism radicalization and de-radicalization courses funded by donor Governments.