07 May '11, 10am

ASEAN plans for the future

JAKARTA: Indonesia's President Susuilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on ASEAN to be more responsive to the fast changing global landscape, adding that the grouping must be at the centre of these changes and offering solutions. For this, ASEAN must enhance cooperation among its member states as well as with other regions and countries. For the first time, ASEAN - through Indonesia as Chair - is helping to mediate Thailand and Cambodia's border conflict while still maintaining its policy of non-interference. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said: "ASEAN is responsible for responding to the dynamics of conflict that may affect the image of the grouping and long-term peace in the region. "If conflict occurs, ASEAN must be able to able to facilitate a forum for diplomacy and open dialogue with the goal of achieving common peace." To enhance ASEAN's role in conflict ...

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