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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Vietnam-Australia: People-smuggling focus of crime deal, THE VIETNAM ...
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 20:28:15 EDT


          People-smuggling focus of crime deal, THE VIETNAM ...

APwo 9-27-00 8:45 PM
The Associated Press.

    PEOPLE-SMUGGLERS, traffickers of women and children and illegal
immigration networks are the target of a new agreement signed between
Australia and Vietnam.
       Signed in Sydney by Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam
and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, the agreement promotes
and strengthens existing cooperation between the two countries on the said
matters.
       Both sides have pledged to further coordinate investigations and the
prosecution of criminals. They have also agreed to step up efforts to crack
down on forged papers.
       Anderson said: "I am pleased to have signed this agreement with
Deputy Prime Minister Cam during his visit to Australia.
       "People-smuggling is a global burden, and only by working together
with other governments can we hope to solve this problem. By reaching this
agreement with Vietnam, we are bringing a global solution closer."
Australian Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Philip
Ruddock said at the signing ceremony that it was both countries'
international responsibility to identify, prevent and punish illegal
activities relating to the movement of people, smuggling, trafficking in
women and children and fraud.
       As part of the deal the two nations further agreed to help each other
with the administration and enforcement of their respective laws by sharing
information on the methods of operation and routes used by the criminals.

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