European Coun­cil chief wor­ried over rad­i­cal­iza­tion in Asia-Pa­cific

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By PIA LEE-BRAGO

With ter­ror­ist ide­olo­gies spread­ing across con­ti­nents and a spate of ter­ror at­tacks in Europe, European Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk yes­ter­day ex­pressed se­ri­ous con­cern over ten­sions and rad­i­cal­iza­tion in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

Tusk stressed the ter­ror threat can desta­bi­lize the world well be­yond the re­gion.

“Most crises to­day have a global im­pact. Con­flicts in the EU (European Union)’s neigh­bor­hood have an im­pact on mar­kets and so­ci­eties else­where, in­clud­ing here in South­east Asia. And ten­sions and rad­i­cal­iza­tion in the Asia-Pa­cific can desta­bi­lize the world well be­yond your re­gion,” Tusk said in his re­marks at the ASEAN-EU 40th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tive sum­mit.

“Ter­ror­ist ide­olo­gies have spread across con­ti­nents,” he said.

This threat can be mit­i­gated if coun­tries work to­gether, share in­for­ma­tion on sus­pects and trends of con­cern, Tusk said.

He noted the ASEAN and the EU are al­ready de­vel­op­ing anti-ter­ror co­op­er­a­tion through in­for­ma­tion shar­ing via In­ter­pol and Europol and the ex­change of best prac­tices on deal­ing with vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

“We in Europe are grate­ful to be able to draw on the con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence ASEAN coun­tries have on this is­sue,” he added.

Be­yond coun­tert­er­ror­ism, ASEAN and EU have co­op­er­ated since 2012 on tack­ling a va­ri­ety of other threats.

In June, ASEAN rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­ited the head­quar­ters of the EU’s anti-smug­gling naval mis­sion Op­er­a­tion Sophia, which tar­gets peo­ple smug­glers and traf­fick­ing net­works in the Mediter­ranean.

“Be it in the fight against piracy, against il­le­gal and un­reg­u­lated fish­ing or any other type of transna­tional crim­i­nal­ity at sea, the EU has a strong record and know-how that we are shar­ing with ASEAN part­ners,” Tusk said.

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