ASEAN Foreign Ministers emphasise enhanced cooperation

ASEAN Foreign ministers concluded the one day, 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) in Bali, Indonesia by issuing a 120-page joint communique to enhance cooperation among their South East Asian countries.

"We reaffirmed our commitment to achieve the targeted establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015 by ensuring the implementation of the ASEAN Charter and the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015, as well as by addressing other emerging issues which would solidify ASEAN integration and resilience, with endeavors to create a common approach to peace, security, stability, and prosperity," the ministers said in the communique.

"We will continue to work with our partners to create an environment conducive in the East Asian region that is characterized by mutual beneficial cooperation, common security, common stability, and common prosperity. By developing a common platform, we will also work together to develop common positions to effectively address the regional and global issues of common concerns and interests,"they said.

They also stressed the importance of conflict resolution and peacekeeping cooperation, good governance, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty, among others. They also stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.

The next meeting will be held on 21-25 July 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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