A Japanese initiative to strengthen regional cooperation in the fight against maritime piracy received a boost on Thursday when Singapore, Laos and Cambodia became the first nations to sign on.Not too surprising that Japan is involved, they need the oil sea lanes clear.
The three nations plus Japan signed the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, a key pillar of which will be a Singapore-based information sharing centre (ISC).
"The ISC will facilitate communication and information exchanges between the member countries, as well as improve the quality of statistics and reports on piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region," the Singapore foreign ministry said in a statement.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
A regional plan: Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Japan sign anti-piracy initiative