Army and police forces check smuggled goods at the Tan Thanh international border gate in Lang Son province (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Representatives of the Ministries of Public Security and National Defence met in Hanoi on January 7 to review their coordination in national defence and security, and ensuring social order and safety over the past five years.

The conference was co-chaired by Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army General Do Ba Ty and Permanent Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen. Lieut. Gen. Dang Van Hieu.

Under the Government’s Decree No. 77/2010/ND-CP issued on July 12, 2010, the army and police forces have coordinated closely and effectively to fulfil their missions of safeguarding national security, social order and national defence in the context of complicated developments in the global, regional and domestic situations.

The forces have teamed up with ministries and agencies in guaranteeing absolute security during major holidays and political, cultural and social events.

Their joint efforts helped promptly prevent and thwart sabotage plots of hostile and reactionary forces while keeping crimes under control.

They also successfully engaged the public in protecting national security, national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in service of national socio-economic development as well as the country’s foreign relations expansion.

The two forces organised a total of 27,113 training courses on national defence and security for nearly 2.6 million people, not to mention courses for 15.2 million students

They arrested 8,432 suspects involved in 6,435 drug cases, confiscated more than 41,300 guns of different kinds and uncovered 3,906 cases of illegal storage, purchase, production and transportation of weapons and explosives.

Addressing the event, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Hieu urged the two forces to tighten their coordination in the coming time to make the country’s international integration process a success.

Apart from joining hands in combating crimes and tightening State management in security and social order and safety, the two forces should continue to work with each other to improve fire prevention, rescue operations and traffic safety, he said.

Echoing Hieu’s views, General Ty called on the two forces to stay ready to guarantee safety and security for the country’s major political events and holidays, firstly the upcoming 12 th National Party Congress, the Lunar New Year and the election of deputies to the 14 th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels.

The two forces were also requested to partner with each other in assessing and forecasting strategic situations in order to make timely proposals to the Party, State and Government to respond to sabotage and “peace evolution” attempts.

Besides, the two forces should coordinate in managing localities, particularly strategic ones, and in strengthening community-based national defence and security.

On this occasion, the Defence Minister presented certificates of merit to 106 units and 136 individuals of the two ministries for their outstanding performance in this work over the past five years.-VNA