The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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Media Release

FA143 - 3 October 2002

Australia and Thailand Sign MOU on Counter-Terrorism

Today I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Thai Foreign Minister Dr Surakiart Sathirathai on cooperation in the fight against international terrorism.

This is the third counter-terrorism MOU we have concluded with our South East Asia partners this year, following our recent agreements with Malaysia and Indonesia.

International terrorism is a threat to all countries and peoples, not just Western interests. It threatens the hopes of Asian countries for peace and security. International terrorism also transcends religious, ethnic and national boundaries.

The war on terrorism can only be won through strong and effective cooperation between Governments. The MOU reflects the determination and commitment of Australia and Thailand to work together against terror.

The MOU builds on the existing strong links between Australian and Thai law enforcement, defence and security agencies. Under the MOU, Australian and Thai agencies will exchange information and intelligence on international terrorist activities and related transnational organised crime. Agencies will also focus on combating the financing of terrorism and countering money laundering.

The MOU also provides a framework for Australia and Thailand to improve border controls, combat identity fraud and eliminate the illegal traffic in arms and explosives. In addition, it provides for the strengthening of counter-terrorist capabilities through training, seminars and exchange visits by officials and specialists.

Australia and Thailand have already demonstrated their commitment to fighting terrorism at a regional level by co-hosting an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) workshop on the prevention of terrorism, in Bangkok in April this year.

The MOU complements these important regional counter-terrorism activities already taking place in regional groups such as the ARF and APEC and helps make our region a safer place.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Julie McDonald (Departmental) +61 02 6261 1555


 

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