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ASEAN Summit concludes

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The 19 th ASEAN Summit concluded successfully with active participation and support of member countries and its partners, affirmed Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

In his closing speech, the Indonesian President, who is ASEAN Chair 2011, said results of the 19 th ASEAN Summit and related summits, as well as of the year of ASEAN Chair by Indonesia contributed to tightening solidarity, friendship and cooperation in ASEAN and between ASEAN and its partners.

Those achievements were important steps in the progress to build an ASEAN Community of solidarity and strength by 2015 with an increasingly active and effective involvement of the people in striving for common targets to turn Southeast Asia into a region of security, peace, harmonisation and prosperity.

President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono stressed that ASEAN position and role has been rising both in the region and in the settlement of regional and global issues.

At the summit, ASEAN leaders stressed high political determination and the allocation of necessary resources to implement on schedule the process to build the ASEAN Community on three pillars.

ASEAN leaders also stressed the fully implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, which is important in the process to build a consolidated ASEAN Community by 2015, considering it a leading priority in the cooperation within ASEAN and between ASEAN and its partners.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked ASEAN to continue boosting cooperation and proper investment in such fields as narrowing the gap of development, promoting security, energy, and food security as well as boosting cooperation to effectively deal with emerging challenges, namely climate change, maritime security, environment, the sustainable use of water sources of rivers, especially the Mekong river to contributing to sustainable and uniform development in the region.

PM Dung stressed that ASEAN needs to uphold its pro-active role in building cooperation frameworks and standards of conducts in the region for peace and building trust and development cooperation, and continue bringing into play the role and value of existing forums and mechanisms for peace and security in the region.

On this occasion, the Indonesian President transferred the ASEAN Chair 2012 to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who affirmed Cambodia will do its utmost to fulfill the role of ASEAN Chair and expressed his wish to receive support and assistance from other ASEAN members and partners in 2012./.
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