Some documents are expected to be approved and signed during the forthcoming 21st ASEAN Summit on Nov. 18, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Hor Namhong told a press conference this morning.
The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the ASEAN Regional Demining Center Establishment in Cambodia will be adopted by the ASEAN leaders, he indicated, adding that there will be also the official launch of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.
“There are a lot of comments from the civil societies on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. I would like to stress that it is not the NGOs’ or civil societies’ declaration, but the ASEAN’s declaration to boost for effective human rights protection,” he said.
Besides, H.E. Hor Namhong also informed reporters of the upcoming ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan, and South Korea) Commemorative Summit, the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting and other related meetings.
For the APT Commemorative Summit, two documents will be adopted – the Joint Statement on the 15th Anniversary of the ASEAN+3 Cooperation and the ASEAN+3 Partnership on Connectivity, while at the ASEAN-China Summit, the leaders of ASEAN and China will adopt the Joint Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), he pointed out.
The ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting will focus on the strengthening and expansion of the relationship and cooperation between ASEAN and the U.S., said H.E. Hor Namhong, adding that ASEAN will do its best to upgrade the ASEAN-U.S. relationship to a strategic partnership and to make the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Meeting become regular.
The U.S. will announce to recognize the central role of ASEAN, review its support to the ASEAN Connectivity, and prepare for the establishment of ASEAN-U.S. Center in Washington D.C. to promote tourism, trade and investment, he said.
On the sidelines of the meeting, U.S. President H.E. Barack H. Obama will also hold bilateral talks with Samdech Techo Hun Sen to boost more cooperation between the two countries, he added.
In addition, the 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) will focus on energy and environment, education, finance, global health issues and communicable diseases, disaster management and ASEAN connectivity.
H.E. Hor Namhong also highlighted the ASEAN Global Dialogue. In this first ever summit, initiated by Cambodia, the EAS leaders will discuss world economic and financial issues with heads of international institutions.
The upcoming 21st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will be attended by Heads of State/Government from 18 countries plus heads of international institutions including ADB, IMF, WB, WTO and UNCTAD