28-29 JUNE 2006, TOKYO, JAPAN

  1. The ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan on June 28-29, 2006. This dialogue was a follow-up to the "ASEAN-JAPAN Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism" announced at the ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic in November 2004, and was endorsed by the leaders of ASEAN countries and Japan at the ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2005.
  2. The convening of this Dialogue was endorsed by the ASEAN Special Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) held in Karambunai, Malaysia in May 2006 and the 6th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) held in Bali, Indonesia in June 2006. The Dialogue was attended by senior officials from the governments of the ASEAN member countries, Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the ASEAN Secretariat and Japan.
  3. The Participants reaffirmed their unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed, as criminal and unjustifiable.
  4. The Participants reaffirmed that terrorism constitutes a serious threat to the peace, security and economic prosperity of ASEAN and Japan, and that countering terrorism requires a comprehensive approach that embraces action on many fronts, including issues of addressing the root causes of terrorism, enforcement and its follow-up measures.
  5. The Dialogue was conducted in a friendly, in-depth and constructive atmosphere with active participation from all present. The Participants reaffirmed their determination to prevent, suppress and eliminate all forms of international terrorism in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, international law and all the relevant United Nations resolutions or declarations on international terrorism.
  6. The Participants from ASEAN and Japan presented overviews on the status of their counter-terrorism efforts and of their cooperation on counter-terrorism. The Participants discussed and identified areas of cooperation in combating terrorism which include the following:
    • Transport Security
    • Border Control / Immigration
    • Law Enforcement
    • Maritime Security
    • Public Involvement in Countering Terrorism
    • Capacity-Building on Legal Affairs
  7. In this connection, the Participants discussed the modality of cooperation between ASEAN and Japan. In this regard, Japan made a presentation on its concept and assistance scheme for counter-terrorism measures including technical assistance, and grant aid for counter-terrorism and security enhancement, while the ASEAN Secretariat made a presentation on the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
  8. The Participants shared the view that they would continue consultation on enhancing the measures to be taken. The Participants proposed that this Dialogue be held annually. The Participants agreed to review the progress of the proposed cooperation in paragraph 6 by the end of this year.

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