ASEAN Political Security Community Council holds third meeting in Vietnam

22:03, January 14, 2010      

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The third meeting of the Political Security Community Council of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held here on Thursday.

ASEAN foreign ministers, their representatives and ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan attended the meeting.

Participants agreed on the need to further enhance information sharing and coordination among the bodies of the ASEAN Political Security Community Council, according to a press release here on Thursday.

The meeting asked the ASEAN senior officials to finalize the guidelines for the accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia and the third protocol amending the TAC for the European Union to officially accede to the treaty.

TAC was signed at the first ASEAN summit to promote regional peace, friendship and cooperation.

The meeting assigned the senior officials to develop a plan of action to implement the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Vision Statement, which is to be submitted to the ARF Ministerial Meeting in July 2010.

Vietnam, as the 10-member ASEAN Chair this year, made a proposal to hold the first meeting of defense ministers of ASEAN and its partners, according to the press release.

Source: Xinhua
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