Implementation of DCL Imperative for Holistic Maritime Stability (BruDirect (Brunei))

The implementation of Direct Communications Links (DCL) at the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meetings are needed urgently for maintaining maritime peace, stability, security and freedom. It is an important confidence and security building measure in avoiding misunderstandings and undesirable incidents at sea.

The matter was emphasised by Awang Abu Sufian Bin Haji Ali, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Development) at the Ministry of Defence at the Second Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting on Establishing a Direct Communications Link (DCL) in the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Process yesterday at the Centre Point Hotel in Gadong.

According to Awang Abu Sufian the DCL will provide a permanent platform for ASEAN Ministers to communicate and make mutual decisions in handling crisis or emergencies, particularly those related to maritime security.

The four day meeting is a follow up from the First Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting which laid the initial foundation on the development phase on establishing a Direct Communications Link. Experts in communication and technology in defence arena from all 10 ASEAN members countries continued discussion on technical, technological and security parameters of DCL System.

DCL initiative has been divided into three phases with the first phase still undergoing implementation. The initiative is aimed at providing a permanent, rapid, reliable and confidential means. In the spirit of solidarity, it is hoped the DCL initiative would assist in maintaining maritime peace and security among ASEAN as the groups moves towards the ASEAN Community Vision.

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