(VNA-19/11/2011) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
attended the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit, the 9th ASEAN-India Summit and the 6th East
Asia Summit (EAS) in Bali on Nov. 19.
At the 4 th ASEAN-UN Summit, the
ASEAN leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reviewed the implementation
of the decisions of the previous summit, which took place in Hanoi in October
The ASEAN leaders spoke highly of the support of the UN and its
agencies for ASEAN in building the Community, realising the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), strengthening regional connectivity, narrowing the
development gaps and boosting the development of subregions, especially the
Mekong Subregion, improving the capacity to cope with climate change and natural
disasters, reduce poverty and prevent diseases as well as boosting the
reasonable and sustainable exploitation and use of water resources.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highly valued ASEAN countriesâ€™ achievements in
implementing the MDGs as well as the blocâ€™s important role and active
contributions to peace, cooperation and development in the region.
Speaking at the event, PM Dung spoke highly of strong developments in
the ASEAN-UN cooperation since the 3 rd Summit in Hanoi last year.
affirmed support for the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive
Partnership between ASEAN and the UN, and suggested the UN continue to assist
ASEAN in its efforts to fulfil the MDGs by 2015 and implement the Master Plan on
ASEAN Connectivity, the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), the Joint
Declaration on ASEAN-UN Cooperation in Disaster Management and the Strategic
Action Plan on Disaster Management in the 2011-2015 period.
At the end
of the summit, the two sides issued the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-UN
Comprehensive Partnership with a view to expanding and deepening bilateral
cooperation in various fields.
On political-security cooperation, the
two sides agreed to strengthen and improve the efficiency of cooperation in
building the ASEAN Community and implementing the Master Plan on ASEAN
Connectivity; ensure peace and security in Southeast Asia and other regions; and
promote democracy and human rights and expand dialogues on regional and
international issues of common concern.
On economic cooperation, the
joint declaration said that through agencies, foundations and programmes, the
two sides will boost cooperation in effectively implementing the Master Plan on
ASEAN Connectivity and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration.
sides will focus on raising ASEANâ€™s capacity in responding to financial-economic
crises and improving the member economiesâ€™ dynamism and sustainable growth. They
will step up cooperation in addressing energy and food security issues in
combination with the effective management of natural resources.
also agreed to speed up the implementation of the MDGs in ASEAN with the close
collaboration of the UN and developed countries.
cooperation, the two sides agreed to expand cooperation in community building
and human development, and promote human health, culture and social welfares.
They will join hands in dealing with global climate change and managing natural
At the ASEAN-India Summit, ASEAN and Indian leaders
appreciated the results of the implementation of the 2011-2015 Plan of Action,
the 2011-2012 Working Programme, and the Goods Trading Agreement between the two
The two sides agreed to build contents for upgrading their
relations to a strategic partnership, speed up the negotiation for an agreement
on service trading and investment, and boost cooperation in science and
technology, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals as well as in non-traditional
security issues such as disaster prevention, climate change, maritime security
and transnational crimes.
ASEAN countries value India â€™s â€œLook Eastâ€
policy and the countryâ€™s support for ASEAN in building the Community,
strengthening connectivity, and improving its central role in the region.
The two sides agreed to jointly organise activities marking the 20 th
anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue relations in 2012.
the summit, PM Dung suggested the two sides strengthen trade and investment ties
and strive to complete a free trade area by 2012.
ASEAN and Indian
should boost connectivity in transport, information technology and energy as
well as promote people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in science and
technology, he stated.
The Vietnamese government hailed valued India â€™s
initiative on setting up the ASEAN-India Network on Climate Change and applauded
the launch of the ASEAN-India Green Fund to back cooperation projects in this
He suggested the two sides early build contents for their
strategic partnership and organise activities celebrating the 20 th anniversary
of ASEAN-India dialogue relations, including the organisation of the ASEAN-India
Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in 2012.
At the 6 th East Asian
Summit, the EAS countries welcomed the participation for the first time of the
US and Russia . They agreed that in the new context, EAS continues to be a forum
for the leaders to exchange opinions on issues of strategic importance relating
to peace, security and development in the region, including maritime safety,
response to natural disasters and prevention of pirates and transnational
The leaders said that EAS should continue boosting cooperation in
defined areas of priority such as finance-economics, energy, and natural
disasters as well as supporting the implementation of ASEAN connectivity, thus
strengthening and expanding connections in the whole region.
affirmed that EAS will continue to be an important component of the evolving
regional architecture with ASEAN playing the central role. They emphasised the
need to strengthen coordination and mutual support among existing regional
mechanisms, including the EAS, ASEAN+3, the ASEAN Defence Ministerial Meeting
Plus (ADMM+) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), effectively contributing to
regional peace, stability and development.
The leaders stressed that the
EAS should make active contributions to consolidating and strengthening an
environment of peace, stability and development cooperation in the region,
including maritime security and safety, on the basis of respecting international
laws, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), fully implementing the
Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards a Code of
Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Speaking at the event, PM Dung said that
the EAS has developed dynamically and become an important and indispensable part
in the East Asian cooperation and structure.
As peace, stability,
security and development are common objectives and interests of all regional
countries, the EAS should further promote its role in building standards and
codes of conduct in the region besides bringing into full play existing tools,
firstly the EAS Declaration on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations
to be adopted at this summit, he said.
Dung stressed that ASEAN and EAS
countries need to strengthen cooperation for peace, stability, maritime security
and safety in East Asia , and solve disputes through peaceful solutions on the
basis of international laws, especially the UNCLOS.
Viet Nam welcomed
ASEAN and China strengthening dialogues, mutual trust and understanding to speed
up the implementation of the DOC towards the COC, the PM said.
end of the summit, the leaders adopted the EAS Declarations on the Principles
for Mutually Beneficial Relations and ASEAN Connectivity./.