KUALA LUMPUR - Viet Nam People's Army's Chief of General Staff Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty has proposed critical measures to promote the ASEAN armed forces' role in maintaining regional peace.
Speaking at the 12th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM-12) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, he said that sharing of information and building a joint forces' database are crucial for coping with non-traditional security issues such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, maritime security and anti-terrorism.
Simultaneously, it is necessary to promote the efficiency and harmony of existing regional co-operation mechanisms to ensure resource optimisation, said Sen Lieut Gen Ty.
He mentioned Viet Nam's support for the expansion of the Information Fusion Centre and Regional Humanitarian Assistance Relief Centre models in Changi, Singapore.
The Senior Lieutenant General also highlighted the importance of enhancing coordination activities among the armed forces, especially joint drills, while seeking measures to connect resources and strengthen partnerships among ASEAN armies in dealing with non-traditional challenges.
During ACDFIM-12, the participants also discussed defence co-operation programmes and emerging security challenges in the region, including cyber security and maritime security in the East Sea.
They reaffirmed the significance of a code of conduct in the East Sea in ensuring maritime security and a stable regional environment.
They also agreed that ASEAN armies will continue to work closely, share information and implement joint training and drill activities.
During the event, the chairmanship of the military intelligence informal meeting, the ASEAN military operational informal meeting and ACDFIM-13 in 2016 were handed over to Laos.
Concluding the meeting, the ASEAN defence chiefs signed a joint statement.
Speaking with the Kuala Lumpur-based Viet Nam News Agency correspondent, Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin said that the joint statement includes a proposal to promote the meeting to a formal ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Meeting (ACDFM), and to form an ACDFM Plus and an ACDFM Standing Secretariat.
He also expressed his belief that defence ties between Viet Nam and Malaysia will rise to a new level, with increased exchanges of trainees between the defence training facilities of both nations.
He also lauded Viet Nam's contributions to the success of ACDFIM-12.