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Cambodia PM pledges to chair ASEAN with responsibilities

(Xinhua)

16:52, January 05, 2012

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday the country would chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year with responsibilities in order to achieve an ASEAN community by 2015.

"We will put all our efforts to chair the ASEAN with responsibilities in 2012 in order to push ASEAN towards One Community, One Destiny," he said during a visit to residents in Kampong Cham province, some 124 kilometers East of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

"As ASEAN chair this year, we will try all our best to act as a fair mediator in all regional and international issues," he added.

The premier said that the ASEAN would stick to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of member states.

Cambodia became the ASEAN member in 1999 and it firstly chaired the ASEAN in 2002.

Hun Sen said that the country's entry into the ASEAN has provided huge advantages to Cambodia in terms of social and economic development, security and diplomacy.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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