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19th ASEAN Regional Forum kicks off in Cambodia

07-12-2012 20:19 BJT

PHNOM PENH, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The 19th ASEAN Regional Forum ( 19th ARF) kicked off here at the Peace Palace on Wednesday afternoon, focusing on regional security issues and developing cooperative measures to enhance peace and security in the region, according to a press release from Cambodian Foreign Ministry.

Foreign ministers and representatives from 27 countries and Secretary-General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan attended the forum, which was chaired by Hor Namhong, Cambodian deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Participants are expected to conduct open and frank discussion on regional and international security issues and cooperation to promote peace, security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the press release.

The meeting is also expected to review the implementation of the Hanoi Plan of Action to Implement the ARF Vision Statement 2020 and all other current work plans in a consistent and comprehensive manner in order to support development of the ARF from the phase of confidence building to preventive diplomacy.

They are also expected to adopt the ARF Work Plan on Non- Proliferation and Disarmament, which provides sets of measures to promote the three central pillars of the global non-proliferation regime: preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, advancing global disarmament efforts, and promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Besides, the ministers will also touch on ways and means of how ARF participants can better address natural disaster issues and are expected to adopt the new Implementation Annex of the ARF Work Plan on Disaster Relief.

In this connection, the Ministers are expected to call for further commitments to contribute to the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management.

At the end of the forum, Hor Namhong, in his capacity as the Chair of the ARF, will issue the ARF chairman's Statement on the outcomes of the 19th ARF, the press release said.

The ARF, founded in 1994, is a key regional forum for security dialogue in Asia.The forum was attended by 27 countries including the 10 ASEAN member states and their dialogue partners.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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