Indonesia to Host ASEM Counterterrorism Conference

13 December, 2011 | Source: The Jakarta Post

Scores of counter terrorism experts from Asia and Europe will gather in Yogyakarta on Monday and Tuesday to discuss and design strategies on how to enhance cooperation among governments and communities to combat terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said.

According to the ministry’s director general for European and American affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi, Indonesia was asked to host the 9th ASEM Conference on Counter Terrorism (ASEM-CCT) at the 10th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Godollo, Hungary, some time in June this year.

“They [ASEM leaders] see us a country with a lot of success in combating terrorism,” Retno told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

As the host, Indonesia prepared a concept paper for the meeting, in which it stated that terrorists constitute a marginal minority, but they are in fact integrated within communities.

“This is why communities need to play a central role in many different areas of the counter terrorism strategy,” it said.

Indonesia’s counterterrorism agency chief Ansyaad Mbai will deliver a keynote speech at the meeting.

 

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