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Full Text: Joint Statement of Ministerial Meeting on Cooperation in Patrol, Law Enforcement Along Mekong River

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To solidify and strengthen practical cooperation among the law enforcement and security authorities of the four countries, combat transnational crime and safeguard international shipping security along the Mekong River and in accordance with the spirit of solidarity, friendship and cooperation, the Participants agreed to conduct cooperation in patrol and law enforcement along the Mekong River as early as possible, in accordance with the Joint Statement on Law Enforcement Cooperation along the Mekong River among the four countries adopted on 31 October 2011, and reached consensus on the following matters:

I. The Participants agreed to further strengthen the cooperation on international shipping security and transnational crime, in particular, on drug trafficking and human trafficking along the Mekong River on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, and to resolve problems and differences through consultations.

II. The Participants agreed on cooperation in law enforcement along the Mekong River to maintain and guarantee security and stability, and promote economic and social development and friendly people-to-people exchanges along the River from mid December 2011.

III. The Participants agreed to hold the ceremony of the inaugural voyage for cooperation in patrol and law enforcement at China's Guanlei dock before 15 December 2011.

IV. The Participants agreed to establish a combined operation center for cooperation in patrol and law enforcement at China's Guanlei dock. The four countries will send officers and liaison officers to coordinate, share intelligence and information subject to its own jurisdiction and domestic laws, and jointly consult and coordinate matters relating to vessels and personnel for cooperation in patrol and law enforcement.

V. The Participants agreed that the Chinese side will send expert teams to Laos and Myanmar to assist law enforcement vessel driving and extend ship operating training upon request.

VI. The Participants from Laos and Myanmar agreed to ensure the security of the vessels, personnel of cooperation in patrol and law enforcement and liaison teams and facilitate the provision of logistic support for them.

The Participants from Thailand agreed to provide above assistance as requested and as necessary on a case by case basis, in accordance with relevant domestic laws.

VII. The Participants agreed to organize cooperative cooperation to eradicate transnational crimes endangering the security along the Mekong River, after the four countries reach consensus.

VIII. The Participants agreed, in principle, to establish a working team on safeguarding the security along the Mekong River to further carry out field study on major crimes, and consult and formulate suggestions for improving security condition along the river which could be handed over to law enforcement and security authorities of the four countries for approval and implementation.

IX. The Participants agreed to develop ways and means to foster social economy development along the Mekong River with a view to promote sustainable development and well-beings of the peoples along the Mekong River.

X. The Participants agreed to take efforts under the coordination of the combined operation center, to improve cooperation mechanism and facilitate the consultations on the early signing of the Agreement on Law Enforcement Cooperation along the Mekong River on the ground of practice.

XI. With a view to bringing to fruition this Joint Statement, the Participants from Thailand shall strive to complete its internal procedures.

This Joint Statement was adopted in Beijing on 26 November 2011. Enditem

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