Cambodian PM Receives Philippines’ President
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011— Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia held talk here with H.E Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines on the sideline of 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta today.
The talk was focused on bilateral cooperation in the fields of tourism and agriculture. The Philippines planed to establish direct flight to Cambodia and export rise from the latter.
Several ASEAN Member Countries Advocate Peaceful Settlement of Cambodian-Thai Conflict
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011 — The first plenary session of the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta saw interactive views and comments on the current conflict between Cambodia and Thailand.
According to an ASEAN official attending the session, a number of ASEAN member countries expressed sympathy with the two countries, especially Cambodia that preferred peaceful settlement of the conflict.
The Philippines offered to play a role in the observation appointment to the ceasefire deal between Cambodia and Thailand.
Laos and Singapore voiced full support to resolving the conflict with utmost restrain while Malaysia called for a roadmap for the settlement of the conflict within the framework of ASEAN.
Speech by Samdech Techo Hun Sen at 18th ASEAN Summit’s First Session
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011—Speech by Samdech Techo Hun Sen at 18th ASEAN Summit’s First Plenary Session.
PM: ASEAN’s Credibility and Prestige Are at Risk If Ceasefire Not Materialized
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011 – Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia said a series of military fighting along the border between Cambodia and Thai may not only affect peace and security in the region, but also create serious challenges for ASEAN in the pursuit towards the ASEAN Community in 2015.
Speaking at the 1st plenary session of the 18th ASEAN Summit held here Saturday, the Cambodian prime minister recalled that the border demarcation between Cambodia and Thailand was based on treaties made between France and Siam of 1904 and 1907, and the maps prepared by the Franco-Siamese Mixed Commission for Bordering .
In his 6-page speech at the session, Samdech Techo Hun Sen spoke of the Memorandum of Understanding on Survey and Demarcation signed in 2002 between Cambodia and Thailand based on French-Siamese Treaties of 1893, 1904 and 1907.
He expressed satisfaction with some achievements made as a result of the implementation of the MOU until after the inscription of the Khmer sacred Preah Vihear Temple on the World Heritage List.
Since July 15, 2008, Thailand has launched war of aggression against Cambodia by sending troops to launch attacks at several points at Cambodia’s border areas with Thailand.
Indonesia has been internationally accepted to play the role of ceasefire observer, but the Thai side has never shown the intention to hold the truce.
“Thailand does not have the good will to accept the Indonesian observers and does not have the willingness to settle this border dispute in accordance with the international law and by peaceful means,” affirmed the Cambodian premier.
“I urge the ASEAN leaders to provide support and put forth necessary measures in order to make all parties concerned cooperate and accept the observers from Indonesia to monitor the ceasefire agreed upon at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in February 2011 and according to the mandate of the United Nations Security Council,” he stated.
The Cambodian premier warned that ASEAN’s prestige and credibility will be at risk if the efforts to establish a permanent ceasefire will not be materialized as planned.
Cambodian PM Concerned Over Unsettled Disputes Among ASEAN Member Countries
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011—Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padey Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia expressed concern over the ongoing border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand, which, he believes, may not only affect peace and security in the region and also create serious challenges for ASEAN in the pursuit towards the ASEAN Community in 2015.
The Cambodian premier made the remark in his speech at the first plenary session with the topic of Implementation of the ASEAN Charter and Roadmap for ASEAN Community of the 18th ASEAN Summit held here Saturday.
“I am very concerned about the unsettled bilateral disputes among ASEAN member countries such as the border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand”, he said , expressing his belief that ASEAN should not ignore this serious issue.
The Cambodian Prime Minister laid stress that ASEAN must consider the dispute as the most important issue for the life of the community, in which ASEAN must establish a mediation mechanism for the effective settlement of the dispute.
In spite of the dispute, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his pleasure at the significant progress made in the 14 prioritized areas in pursuing the building of the ASEAN Political-Secuirty Community.
“We recognize that the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in South East Asia (TAC), the South East Asian Nuclear-free-zone Treaty(SEANFWZ), the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), and the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism are becoming more useful instruments to ensure regional security,” the Cambodian premier noticed.
He urged the joint working group on the DOC to finalize the guideline for the implementation of DOC before 2012 in order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the DOC. He also extend welcome to Canada’s proposal to be a member of the TAC and to East Timor’s application to join ASEAN as a member country.
PRESIDENT YUDHOYONO WELCOMES ASEAN LEADERS AT JCCBy Media
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011 – They respectively were Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein, President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III, Senior Minister of Singapore S. Jayakumar representing Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
After the welcoming ceremony, they proceeded to the Assembly Hall for a series of meetings.
The meetings include ASEAN Leaders Meeting with APA (ASEAN People’s Assembly) Representatives, ASEAN Leaders Informal Meeting with Youth Representatives and Leaders Informal Meeting with Civil Society’s Representatives.
In the evening, President Yudhoyono will host a banquet for the ASEAN member countries’ leaders.
Indonesia as this year’s ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) chair, is hosting the 18th ASEAN Summit being held in Jakarta, May 7-8, 2011.
The 18th ASEAN Summit’s theme is “Towards A Global Community of Nations.”
ASEAN was established in 1967 with five members Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Brunei joined in 1984, Vietnam in 1995 and Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and finally Cambodia as the 10th member in 1999.
As Chair of ASEAN this year, Indonesia has three key priorities. The First is to ensure significant progress of achieving ASEAN Community by 2015; The second priority is to strengthen ASEAN cohesion to craft East Asia wide regionalism and architecture; and The third priority is to ensure that regional agreements and cooperation can contribute to global agreements and governance.
18th ASEAN Summit Starts
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011—Top leaders of the ASEAN member countries were present at the opening ceremony of the 18th ASEAN Summit held here in the morning of May 7. The opening began with the welcoming remarks by ASEAN chair H.E. Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, followed by the photo session of ASEAN leaders.
AKP Jakarta, May 7, 2011—Ten leaders of ASEAN member countries were present at the opening of the 18th ASEAN Summit held here in the morning of May 6. The opening began with welcome remark by ASEAN chair H.E Dr. Susilo Bambang Yuddhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia and was followed by the photo session of ASEAN leaders.