01 Nov '11, 1pm

Five Power Defence Arrangement key to regional peace, security: SINGAPORE: The Five Power Defence Arrangement (F...

Five Power Defence Arrangement key to regional peace, security: SINGAPORE: The Five Power Defence Arrangement (F...

SINGAPORE: The Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) has been key to regional peace and security over the past 40 years. Its five partners - Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom - reaffirmed this at the 8th FPDA Defence Ministers' Meeting in Singapore on Tuesday. The FPDA defence ministers are in Singapore to celebrate the pact's 40th anniversary. While acknowledging it has made good progress, they said more should be done to improve co-operation in non-conventional areas. These include maritime security, cyber crime, and humanitarian assistance & disaster relief. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Singapore's Defence Minister, said: "This was an area of stocktake that we felt we should develop capacity and confidence in. In other words, we acknowledged that there were security challenges which may impact the FPDA as we move forward and for us to remain relevant....

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