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POSTED | 0:17 AM | 02-08-2014

Security boost ahead of AEC

ASEAN countries will seek knowledge on border control from partners like the EU and the US to tackle new, non-traditional security threats that may come with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of next year.

ASEAN needs to be aware of the negative impacts of this connectivity and integration, said Arthayudh Srisamoot, director of the Thai Foreign Ministry's ASEAN Affairs Department.

Problems such as transnational crimes, human trafficking, migration, trans-border disease and environmental problems will be discussed at the annual ASEAN ministerial meeting in the Myanmar capital of Nay Pyi Taw next week.

ASEAN foreign ministers will also have a chance to meet dialogue partners from other parts of the world, including the European Union and the United States, which have experience in border control, said an interview with The Nation

In this regard, Thailand will play an active role in forging cooperation and will, together with China, co-chair the ASEAN Regional Forum's Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime in 2015, he said.

In Nay Pyi Taw, ASEAN members will also discuss among themselves and with dialogue partners several regional and global issues including the Middle East, North Africa, and the  Ukraine crisis, notably the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, as well as the situations in Northeast Asia and the South China Sea, he added.

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