posted on Nov, 5 2004 @ 10:43 AM
A gathering of leaders from 24 nations pledged military cooperation in the regions attempt to battle terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and
weapons smuggling. The 3 day summit is a gethering of the 10 ASEAN group along with concerned countries including United States, China, Japan, India,
Russia, the two Koreas, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand.
Defense officials of Asia's biggest security group pledged Friday to expand military cooperation to fight terrorism, drug-trafficking and other
non-traditional threats, the chairman of the meeting said.
The gathering of leaders from 24 governments in the ASEAN Regional Forum comes amid increased concern about terrorism and North Korea's nuclear
Delegates to the conference agreed that "using defense forces for combating or countering non traditional security issues is well-justified," said
its chairman, Indonesian Deputy Defense Minister Sudrajat.
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The group also agreed to make this an annual meeting, to discuss future cooperation using the military in a systemic way to combat terrorism and
other regional threats.
[edit on 11/5/04 by JacKatMtn]