A series of ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs) has been taking place in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta city from March 7-9, discussing what the bloc has to work towards the building of the ASEAN Community in 2015.
The meetings are also a preparation for the 18th ASEAN Summit scheduled for May 7-8.
The Director-General for ASEAN of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Djauhari Oratmangun said on March 6 that the SOMs will consider the implementation of each ASEAN member country’s commitments to the master plan on building the ASEAN Community, which is based on three pillars: economics, security-politics and socio-culture.
The meetings will also work on a draft statement to be issued by ASEAN leaders at the 18th ASEAN Summit, he said.
According to Djauhari Oratmangun, the sensitive Thailand-Cambodia border issue will not be put on table during the meetings.