The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MFA-IC, with the participation of Senior Minister H.E. Cham Prasidh, Minister of Commerce and foreign ambassadors to Cambodia.
On the occasion, H.E. Hor Namhong recalled the ASEAN’s remarkable successes since its inception 45 years ago. “As regional organization, ASEAN has been passed through many difficult periods and challenges. With each challenge that it had faced with, ASEAN always come out with a spirit of compromise. With the 45-year history of significant milestones and the rock-solid foundation of solidarity, ASEAN, in my view shall prevail and overcome every adversity,” he said.
The Cambodian deputy prime minister went on to say that at this time last year, the hoisting of the ASEAN flag was conducted for the first time at the Capital Cities of the ASEAN Member States and at the ASEAN Embassies around the world. “Now, we can also see the ASEAN flag flying proudly alongside with the national flags of ASEAN Member States. This represents another significant step towards the ASEAN Community on the one hand and the raising of the ASEAN’s profile on the other, even though there had been recently an unexpected mishap,” he added.
“Nevertheless, Cambodia believes that ASEAN will continue to advance with the spirit of unity and solidarity, by setting aside issues we cannot yet reach consensus, in accordance wit the ASEAN’s spirit and practice,” he said. “By so doing, we will be able to maintain the ASEAN central role in the face of the present evolving regional architecture.”
H.E. Hor Namhong was convinced that ASEAN remains on the right track towards realizing the ASEAN Community by 2015, with the goal of being “One Community and One Destiny,” politically coherent, economically integrated and bonded together in caring societies.
According to a press release from the MFA-IC, the ASEAN Day Reception will be held this evening at Koh Pich City Hall under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Lok Chumteav Kittiprittbindit Bun Rany Hun Sen, with the participation of ASEAN Secretary General H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan and Madam.
During the Reception, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan will make his remarks, and Samdech Techo Hun Sen will deliver a Keynote Address and sign the ASEAN Lecture Poster, pointed out the press release.