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Chairmanfs Statement of the 8th ASEAN + 3
gStrengthening ASEAN + 3 Cooperationh
welcomed President of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; Prime Minister
of Malaysia, H.E. Datof Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi; Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Mr.
Lieutenant General Soe Win, and Prime Minister of
Singapore, H.E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong
who participated in the ASEAN+3 Summit for the first time. We also welcomed and
congratulated H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on her
re-election as President of the
exchanged views on regional and international political and security, and
economic issues. We also discussed ways and mechanisms to strengthen the ASEAN+3 cooperation and its future direction. The ASEAN+3 Leaders
shared their concerns on the challenges facing the region and the world such as
terrorism, recent developments in Iraq, Middle East, and current situation in
the Korean Peninsular, as well as the avian flu outbreak and other challenges
to socio-economic development such as poverty, development gap, etc. We reiterated
our determination to further make concerted efforts to fight terrorism in
4. We reaffirmed our commitment to a peaceful and comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsular and the necessity to engage into dialogue to promote mutual confidence and common approach. In this connection, we noted with encouragement the achievement by the three rounds of the Six-Party Talks, and we shared the view that the Six-Party Talks should be reconvened at the earliest possibility to bring about the common goal of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsular.
welcomed the accession of the
Taking into account the current high oil price, we supported energy
cooperation, in particular, in alternative energy, such as bio-fuels, and
hydroelectric power. We welcomed
the outcomes of the 1st ASEAN+3 Energy Ministers Meeting in the
7. We noted with satisfaction the steady progress in ASEAN+3 cooperation and encouraged a speedy implementation of the short and long term measures of the East Asia Study Group (EASG), which we adopted in 2002, aiming to broadening and deepening East Asia cooperation. We also noted the expanding and deepening of ASEAN+3 sectoral cooperation, especially in the monetary and financial and economic sectors. In this regard, we welcomed the setting up of the ASEAN+3 Unit in the ASEAN Secretariat last year. We expressed the need to strengthen the ASEAN+3 Unit in coordination and implementation of the cooperation and welcomed the Plus Three countries assistance to the Unit.
8. We recognised the need to develop the Asian Bond Market, and to combat emerging diseases through new mechanisms, such as the establishment of gOutbreak Response Teamsh.
9. We exchanged views on the establishment of an East Asia Free Trade Area (EAFTA) and welcomed the decision by the ASEAN+3 Economic Ministers to set up an expert group to conduct a feasibility study on EAFTA.
10. The Leaders of the Plus Three
countries supported ASEAN Leadersf decision to
convene the first East Asia Summit (EAS) in
11. We agreed that
the establishment of an East Asian Community is a long-term objective. We
reaffirmed the role of ASEAN+3 process as the main vehicle for the eventual
establishment of an East Asian Community.
12. The Leaders of
13. The Leaders of
The ASEAN Leaders acknowledged with appreciation