Laos attends the 46th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting or AMM-46 and related meetings in Brunei from June 28 to July 2

INTRO: Senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alounkeo Kittikhoun reviewed regional progress in economic development and other areas at the 46th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from June 28 to July 2.

STORY: Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alounkeo Kittikhoun joined other Asean foreign ministers to review outcomes of the 22nd Asean Summit held in Bandar Seri Begawan in April, while also discussing progress in efforts to realise the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

Ministers also looked at what the future direction of Asean would be beyond 2015, with a view to maintaining peace and security, and further advancing economic integration.

During the meeting, officials were briefed on the establishment of the Asean Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, which will aim to promote research on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution.

Delegates were also given updates on progress towards creating an Asean Regional Mine Action Centre, to help countries deal with the problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance.

Regional foreign ministers signed instruments relating to Norway’s accession to the Asean Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia on July 1, making the European country the 32nd party to the treaty.

At the meeting, ministers reaffirmed their resolve to intensify efforts to ensure a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible Asean Community by 2015 through the implementation of the Asean Charter and the Roadmap for an AseanCommunity.

They also reiterated their commitment to narrowing the development gap by effectively implementing the Initiative for the Asean Integration Work Plan II (2009-2015) and the Asean roadmap towards realising the Millennium Development Goals.

The meetings are the 46th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting , Post Ministerial Conferences and the 20th Asean Regional Forum.

During the 46th AMM, the Asean Foreign Ministers will discuss the future direction of Asean, the evolving regional architecture and Asean’s external relations as well as exchange views on regional and international issues, the statement said.

At the Post Ministerial Conferences, the ministers will meet their counterparts from Asean’s Dialogue Partners (Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States) to review relations and on-going cooperation.

The ministers will also engage their counterparts at the Asean Plus Three and the East Asia Summit meetings on regional developments and progress on their partnerships to realise Asean Community-building goals.

On July 2, the Asean Regional Forum Ministers will exchange views on key regional developments.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English