Cambodian military and defense officials completed a
weeklong regional counterterrorism workshop Friday, joining US military
officials as well as regional authorities to strengthen cooperation in
anticipation of future oil exploration.
"We are ready to cooperate with the international
community, as in 2011, Cambodia
expects to begin oil production with Chevron," Brig. Gen. Nguon Sam,
deputy chief of the legal department of the Ministry of Defense, said. "We
are responsible of the security of the transportation of oil from Cambodia
to other countries."
naval capacity remains limited, he said. "So we have asked for
international cooperation to fight terrorism."
Government representatives from Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka joined in the
talks, which were held at the Sunway Hotel near the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.
"What we tried to do is help them understand what the
legal challenges are, how they can assist in collecting evidence and how they
can assist in covering terrorism and fighting terrorists and bringing them to
justice," said Lt. Col. Jon Shelburne, a US Marine Corps reservist who
lectured at the seminar.
has emerged as a willing partner in the US's
regional war on terror, following reports in 2003 that the mastermind of the
Bali bombings had stayed in Phnom Penh prior to
his arrest in Thailand.