Foreign Ministry Releases the Outcomes of IAMM and Related Meetings

AKP Phnom Penh, October 04, 2016 –

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) released here yesterday the outcomes of the Informal ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting (IAMM) and Related Meetings on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, from Sept. 22-24, 2016.

According to the press release, the Cambodian delegation attending the event, held at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S.A., was led by H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister and Minister of MFA-IC.

Five Meetings had been held, namely ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting with the UN Secretary General (UNSG) and the President of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), Informal ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM), Special Session of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Focusing on Sustainable Development, and the 3rd ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting.

During the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the UNSG and the President of the 71st UNGA, the UN reaffirmed its continued support to ASEAN Community building and regional integration. The Meeting had a fruitful discussion on many important issues of the UN as well as on regional and international issues such as peacekeeping, counter violent extremism, climate change, disaster management, drug trafficking, and trafficking in persons. The Meeting welcomed the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and development of the ASEAN-U.S. Action Plan on Environment and Climate Change (2016-2020). H.E. Prak Sokhonn informed the Meeting of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s commitment to ratify the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016. At the end of the Meeting, a Joint Press Release of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly was issued.

At the Informal ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, the Ministers underscored the significance of deepening ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership through many important initiatives such as ASEAN-U.S. Connect Initiative, Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, and U.S.-Lower Mekong Initiative. The Ministers also exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the situation in the Korean Peninsula, Non-Proliferation, and climate change. They reiterated their strong commitment to maintain peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the region through enhancing close cooperation to address traditional and non-traditional security challenges focusing on counter-terrorism, maritime security, combating transnational crimes, trafficking in persons, and climate change. The U.S. reaffirmed its strong support to the ASEAN Community building, and ASEAN Centrality in the evolving regional architecture.

The Ministers, at the informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM), endorsed the list of ASEAN Member States’ candidatures to the UNSC (Non-Permanent), and encouraged support for each other’s candidacy in the UN bodies. They underscored the need to strengthen relations and intensify cooperation on priority areas, including trade and investment, SMEs, development and tourism, with regional and international organisations such as the UN, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), and the Pacific Alliance (PA).

At the Special Session of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Focusing on Sustainable Development, the Ministers underscored the importance of sharing home-grown experiences and best practices of the ASEAN Community and the crucial need to work closely with the UNESCAP and other ASEAN external partners in pursuing economic growth and sustainable development. The Ministers also endorsed ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on ASEAN Cooperation on Sustainable Development in order to ensure effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and UN 2030 Agenda.

The 3rd ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting agreed to prioritise cooperation in four priority areas, namely economic cooperation, education and people-to-people contacts, science, technology and innovation, and sustainable development, to further develop mutually beneficial partnership between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance (PA). The Meeting adopted ASEAN-Pacific Alliance Framework for Cooperation. In this connection, the Meeting agreed on the need for the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN and the Group of External Relations (GER) of the Pacific Alliance to meet regularly to monitor the implementation of the Framework for Cooperation.

By Khan Sophirom

 

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