VGP – The 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) opened in Phnom Penh on July 9, focusing on politics, security and economics.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said after 45 years, ASEAN has become a closely-integrated entity in terms of politics and economics, an influential player in Asia, and a strategic partner of major countries and organizations in the world.
Those achievements underline the strong commitment and political will of ASEAN to continue working closely together in the ASEAN spirit of unity and solidarity, friendship and cooperation.
This ASEAN spirit symbolizes the theme for this year under Cambodia’s Chairman of ASEAN, “ASEAN: One Community, One Destiny,” to reaffirm ASEAN’s undivided attention and political commitment to work, both collectively and individually, toward the successful realization of the ASEAN Community by 2015 and beyond as a cohesive family, living in political, security, economic and socio-cultural harmony, and is rules-based, peaceful and economically strong.
He urged ASEAN Foreign Ministers to focus discussion on the realization of the ASEAN Community by 2015, implementation of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN dialogue partners’ increasing engagement in and contributions to addressing issues related to regional peace and security and promotion of ASEAN centrality.
The Cambodian Prime Minister also emphasized the implementation of the DOC, including the eventual conclusion of Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.
By Thuy Dung