Chairman’s Press Statement for the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences

Manila, 1 August 2007

1. The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC)+1 Sessions with ASEAN's six Dialogue Partners, namely, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, and the United States, and the ASEAN PMC+10 Working Lunch were held in Manila on 1 August 2007.

Australia

2. The ASEAN PMC+1 with Australia was co-chaired by H.E. Nittya Pibulsonggram, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and H.E. Alexander Downer Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia. The Meeting welcomed the signing of the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-Australia Comprehensive Partnership on 1 August 2007, which affirms ASEAN and Australia's intention to pursue an action-oriented and forward-looking partnership in the areas of political-security, economic, socio-cultural and development cooperation.

3. The Meeting noted that ASEAN and Australia were finalizing the draft Plan of Action to implement the ASEAN-Australia Comprehensive Partnership to be adopted possibly on the sideline of the 3rd East Asia Summit in Singapore in November 2007.

Canada

4. The ASEAN PMC+1 with Canada was co-chaired by H.E. Le Cong Phung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Leonard Edwards, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The Meeting adopted the 2007-2010 ASEAN-Canada Joint Cooperation Work Plan, which outlines cooperation in priority areas, such as counter terrorism and transnational crime, economic cooperation, health security, inter-faith dialogue, and technical assistance and capacity building with the ASEAN Secretariat.

5. ASEAN reiterated its call on Canada to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia. Canada responded that it would positively consider the request.

European Union

6. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the European Union (EU) was co-chaired by H.E. HOR Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, and H.E. Dr. Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.

5. The Meeting looked forward to the convening of the ASEAN-EU Commemorative Summit in Singapore in November 2007. The Meeting welcomed EU's pronouncement that it would invite as many EU Leaders as possible for this event.

6. The Meeting called for the early finalization of the draft Plan of Action to implement the Nuremberg Declaration on ASEAN-EU Enhanced Partnership.

7. ASEAN welcomed EU's readiness to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia as soon as the necessary Protocol to the Treaty is agreed upon.

New Zealand

8. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the New Zealand was co-chaired by H.E. U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Union of Myanmar, and H.E. Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. The Meeting called for the continued implementation of the ASEAN-New Zealand Framework Cooperation 2006-2010 and the convening of more frequent Dialogue meetings between ASEAN and New Zealand to strengthen their Dialogue Relations.

9. The Meeting welcomed the progress in the negotiations for ASEAN-Australia/New Zealand Free Trade Area.

Russian Federation

10. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the Russian Federation was co-chaired by H.E. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, and H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The Ministers agreed to renew efforts in implementing the ASEAN-Russia Comprehensive Program of Action to Promote Cooperation 2005-2015 to further enhance dialogue relations.

11. The Meeting welcomed the ratification by all ASEAN Member Countries and the Russian Federation of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund (DPFF) and the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (ARJCC).

12. The Meeting expressed appreciation for Russia's contribution to the ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund (DPFF). The Meeting looked forward to the launching of joint ASEAN-Russia projects.

13. The Meeting called for the early finalization of the ASEAN-Russia Agreement on Cultural Cooperation to enhance greater exchanges between ASEAN and Russia in the various cultural fields.

United States of America

14. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the United States of America (U.S.) was co-chaired by H.E. George Yong-Boon Yeo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and H.E. John Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State of the U.S. The Meeting expressed understanding on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's inability to attend the PMC+1 Session.

15. The Meeting highlighted the key role of the U.S. in the region. The U.S. assured the Meeting that the ASEAN-U.S. Commemorative Summit will be held at an agreed date in the near future.

16. ASEAN encouraged the U.S. to accede to the TAC. The U.S responded that it would positively consider the proposal.

17. ASEAN and the U.S. looked forward to the signing of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Agreement this year.

ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference+10 Working Lunch

18. The ASEAN PMC+10 Working Lunch was chaired by H.E. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines. All Foreign Ministers and Representatives of ASEAN Member Countries and the ten ASEAN Dialogue Partners, namely, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, the U.S., and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, were present.

19. The Meeting discussed regional and international developments. The Meeting recognized the importance of increasing the international community's efforts to counter terrorism, promote energy security, and prevent pandemics.

20. The Meeting welcomed the positive developments in the Six-Party Talks and expressed hope that these would lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the U.S. and Japan.

21. The Meeting highlighted the problems of environment and climate change and the need to support various initiatives to address these challenges. The Meeting expressed support for the convening of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 3rd Meeting of Parties (MOP) of the Kyoto Protocol to be held in Bali on 3-14 December 2007.

22. The Meeting called for the release of hostages in Afghanistan without conditions.