joined ASEAN Leaders in signing Kuala Lumpur Declaration
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 23 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on
Sunday joined his regional counterparts in signing the Kuala Lumpur
Declaration on the Establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Community which will be launched on December 31.
The declaration of the establishment of the ASEAN Community is one of the
highlights of the 27th ASEAN Summit held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention
Other leaders who signed the declaration were Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Abdul Razak, Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Brunei Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President
Joko Widodo, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Singapore Prime Minister Lee
Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O-Cha and Vietnam Prime
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The 10 leaders also signed the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the ASEAN 2025:
Forging Ahead Together. This is the region’s post-2015 vision which charts
the direction of the ASEAN Community in the next 10 years.
The signed documents were then presented to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong
Minh of Vietnam.
The ASEAN Community is the realization of the vision of the ASEAN leaders
for the regional grouping to build and achieve community status by 2015.
By issuing the declaration, the ASEAN leaders reaffirmed commitment to the
ASEAN Charter, which reflects our desire and collective will to live in a
region of lasting peace, security and stability, sustained economic growth,
shared prosperity and social progress. They also noted the significance of
the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and other key ASEAN
instruments in maintaining a peaceful and stable region, which contributes
to ASEAN Community building.
The leaders also recognized the efforts and significant achievements in the
implementation of the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009-2015) comprising
the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the
ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprints, as well as the Initiative for
ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan II and the Master Plan on ASEAN
They expressed confidence that the realisation of the ASEAN Community has
set a milestone in the integration process and will ensure lasting peace,
security and resilience in an outward-looking region, with
economies that are vibrant, competitive and highly integrated and an
inclusive community that is embedded with a strong sense of togetherness and
The declaration also underlines the leaders’ aspiration towards establishing
a truly rules-based, people-oriented, people-centered ASEAN Community where
our peoples continue to participate in and benefit fully from the on-going
process of ASEAN integration and community building.
They also pledged continued commitment to the on-going process of ASEAN
community building, including an ASEAN Community’s post-2015 vision, guided
by the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter. (PCOO/jm)