ASEAN supports new defense initiatives

the 5th ASEAN Defence Ministers meeting (ADMM) in Jakarta on Thursday approved two new initiatives - the establishment of ASEAN of peacekeeping network of and the ASEAN defence industry cooperation, said the ASEAN secretariat.

ASEAN of peacekeeping network cooperation in peacekeeping operations under the ASEAN Member States facilitates the planning, training and exchange of experience.

"The ASEAN defence industry cooperation, now ways to promote intra-ASEAN trade at defense products and services on the principles of flexibility, voluntarily and without any obligation is participation,", said the Secretary in his statement to VIVAnews.

Set the path for future defence cooperation of ASEAN, took the Defence Ministers of the new ADMM three-year work programme 2011-2013. The work programme will lead to issues such as humanitarian aid and disaster relief and sustaining measures the ADMM in the implementation of concrete cooperation.

Capacity-building, training and other practical interaction between the armed forces of the ASEAN Member States are the major scope of delivery of the work programme.

Five years after it was conceived in the year 2006 the ASEAN defence ministers have now reached a certain level of trust to discuss common concerns among themselves to sensitive topics.

At the meeting demand were ASEAN defence ministers and their representatives in unison border dispute to a peaceful solution to the Cambodia and Thailand. The role of Indonesia as the current ASEAN Chair was also recognised, bring both countries on the edge of the meeting on 18 may meet.

South China Sea issue

The Ministers also agreed that the South China Sea territorial disputes continue to special attention received.

In connection with the tenth anniversary of the Declaration of the implementation of the members in the South China Sea, ASEAN Defence Ministers reaffirmed their support for ASEAN would promote efforts to adopt a regional code of conduct in the South China Sea, the peace and stability in the area. The Defense Minister also appeals to all parties, self-control, unnecessary escalation of the tension exercise to avoid.

The session ended with the signing of the Joint Declaration of the Defense Ministers of the ASEAN to strengthen defence cooperation of ASEAN in the global community to face new challenges.

The Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro chaired the meeting. At the meeting, Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam were the defense. Brunei Darussalam was represented by the Minister of energy, and was the Minister for education and second Minister for defence, is Singapore.


ASEAN supports new defense initiatives