Cambodian and Australian security officials and experts
began discussing the application of laws in counterterrorism at the beginning
of a two-day seminar Monday, as the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks
in the US
There are just three days until the anniversary of the
attack on the World Trade towers in New
York in 2001, Australian Ambassador Margaret Adamson said
in opening remarks Monday. Terrorism cannot be combated unilaterally, she said,
and the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was a reminder of the need
to combat terrorism at national and international fronts.
Regional cooperation was also particularly important, she said,
adding that terrorism can also affect maritime security, as well as money
adopted a counterterrorism law in July 2007, and authorities claim they
have homegrown terrorists, as well, following the November 2000 attack on government
institutions by a small band of "freedom fighters."
has become a willing friend in the US
war on terror, following revelations that the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah,
Hambali, had stayed in Cambodia
for six months prior to his 2003 arrest in Bangkok.
Officials from the ministries of Interior and Justice and
the Council of Ministers participated in Monday's meeting, along with
Australian Embassy personnel and counterterrorism experts.
"Indeed, actually the world is facing philosophical
radicalism," Council Minister Sok An said Monday. "This means that we
must work sustainably, like raising up the capacity against terrorism and
strengthening the application of laws to combat terrorism."