1. The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC)+1 Sessions with ASEAN’s  Dialogue Partners, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, and the United States; and the ASEAN PMC+10 Working Lunch were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 July 2006.

Australia

2. The ASEAN PMC+1 with Australia is co-chaired by H.E. Dr. Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam and H.E. Alexander Downer Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia.  The Meeting welcomed Australia’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia in Kuala Lumpur on 10 December 2005.  ASEAN expressed appreciation for Australia’s contribution of AUD 1.3 million to the ASEAN Development Fund (ADF) received in April 2006.

Canada

3. The ASEAN PMC+1 with Canada is co-chaired by H.E. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam and H.E. Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.  The Meeting adopted the 2005-2007 ASEAN-Canada Joint Cooperation Work Plan, which outlines cooperation in various areas, such as disaster management, counter terrorism and transnational crime, energy, health, trade and investment, science and technology. In this respect, the Ministers looked forward to the early implementation of the activities outlined in the Work Plan.

4. The Meeting also endorsed the Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism between ASEAN and Canada for signing on 28 July 2006. The Meeting noted the significance of the signing of this Joint Declaration between ASEAN and Canada as it completes the conclusion of joint declarations to combat international terrorism between ASEAN and all its ten Dialogue Partners.

European Union

5. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the European Union (EU) is co-chaired by H.E. Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia 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.  ASEAN expressed its appreciation to the EU for being the largest contributor in providing assistance to implement the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP).  Both sides looked forward to the convening of the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in 2007.  The Meeting also agreed to mark the 30th anniversary of the ASEAN-EU dialogue in 2007. ASEAN welcomed the announcement by the EU that it will accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC).

New Zealand

6. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the New Zealand is co-chaired by H.E. Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines and H.E. Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand.  The Meeting welcomed the initiative of New Zealand to establish the Asia Security Fund with an initial allocation of NZ$500,000 to support, among others, activities to implement the ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Declaration to Combat International Terrorism. The Meeting adopted the ASEAN-New Zealand Framework for Future Cooperation, 2006-2010. The framework is aimed to strengthen cooperation between ASEAN and New Zealand in the political and security fields, as well as in the economic and socio-cultural development and a number of projects and programmes have been identified.

Russian Federation

7. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the Russian Federation is co-chaired by H.E. George Yeo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore and H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.  The Meeting lauded the successful convening of the First ASEAN-Russian Federation Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 13 December 2005, and its outcome documents, namely the Joint Declaration of the Heads of State/Government of the Member Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation on Progressive and Comprehensive Partnership, as well as the adoption of the Comprehensive Programme of Action to Promote Cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation 2005-2015. These documents would form the basis for greater and enhanced cooperation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation. 

8. The Meeting welcomed the ratification by all the ASEAN Member Countries and the Russian Federation of the ASEAN-Russian Federation Agreement on Economic and Development Cooperation, which they had signed on 8 December 2005 and its subsequent coming into force on 11 August 2006.  In this respect, the Foreign Ministers looked forward to the launching of the ASEAN-Russian Federation Dialogue Partnership Financial Fund in January 2007, to support ASEAN-Russian Federation development cooperation activities.

9. The Meeting noted the various activities planned for in 2006 as commemoration of the tenth year of ASEAN-Russian Federation dialogue relations. Two activities were implemented in conjunction with the ASEAN PMC+1 Session with the Russian Federation of 27 July 2006. One is the Russian Food Festival, which was held from 22 July to 1 August 2006. The other was the launching of the ASEAN-Russia 10th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine at the start of the ASEAN-Russia Post Ministerial Conference. The Meeting also noted that the ASEAN Food Festival would be held in the Russian Federation later in the year.

United States of America

10. The ASEAN PMC+1 with the United States of America (US) is co-chaired by H.E. Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and H.E. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State.  The Meeting recalled the issuance of the Joint Vision Statement on ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership with the aim of elevating the ASEAN-US Dialogue on 17 November 2005 in all ASEAN capitals and Washington D.C.  As a follow up, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and the US Secretary of State signed the Framework Document for the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership on 27 July 2006.  The Meeting looked forward to the early implementation of the Plan of Action which serves as a five year master plan (2006-2011) aimed at pursuing joint actions and measures to enhance cooperation in the fields of political and security, economic as well as social and development in a comprehensive and mutually beneficial manner.  Both sides also supported the early conclusion of the negotiations on the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) which would further enhance ASEAN-U.S. economic relations.

ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference+10 Working Lunch

11. The ASEAN PMC+10 Working Lunch was chaired by the Honourable Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia.  All Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member Countries and ASEAN’s other Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, were present. Canada, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States of America were also represented by members of their delegations at the Working Lunch.

12. The Meeting discussed regional and international developments, in particular on energy security and disaster management and emergency response.  ASEAN welcomed the continued support by the Dialogue Partners in regional cooperation on regional disaster management and relief.  The ASEAN Foreign Ministers updated the Dialogue Partners on developments since the signing of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 26 July 2005 and called upon the Dialogue Partners and other regional and international organisations to assist in intensifying cooperation in this area among ASEAN Member Countries. 

13. The Meeting also agreed to enhance cooperation between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners in the energy sector including in promoting energy efficiency.  The Meeting recognised that focus should be given to the employment of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies of all kinds, and the development of alternative energy sources such as bio-fuel, hydro-electric power, nuclear energy, solar energy and wind energy, using cost effective and environmentally-friendly technologies.  The Meeting acknowledged that energy security should be strengthened through interdependence and cooperation to ensure greater access to adequate, reliable and cost-effective energy supply to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives.

Exchange of Views on International Issues

14. At the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences +1 with the Dialogue Partners, the Ministers also exchanged views on international and regional issues, namely the developments in the Korean Peninsula and the situation in the Middle East.

Korean Peninsula

15. The Ministers expressed concern over the test firing by the DPRK of ballistic missiles on 5 July 2006 and welcomed the UN Security Council Resolution 1695 of 15 July 2006.  The Meetings supported the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks and the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue in a peaceful manner.  In this regard, the Meetings strongly urged the DPRK to refrain from any action that might aggravate tension, return immediately to the Talks without preconditions, and work towards the expeditious implementation of the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement as was unanimously agreed upon in this Resolution. The Meetings also believed that the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) can contribute to promoting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and expressed the hope that members of the Six-Party Talks could utilise their presence during the ARF to promote the resumption of the Talks.

Middle East

16. The Ministers expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation and the escalation of violence in the Middle East.  The Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN Member Countries reaffirmed their views as contained in the Joint Communiqué of the 39th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and their Statement on the Situation in the Middle East, which were issued on 25 July 2006.

17. The Ministers noted that H.E. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, H.E. Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and H.E. Dr. Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy had been present at the International Conference on the Situation in the Middle East which was held in Rome on 26 July 2006 and exchanged views on the outcome of the Conference. They took note of the various initiatives on the latest efforts being undertaken to end the conflict.

18. The Ministers called for a ceasefire so as to end the senseless killings and destruction of infrastructure and property and urged all parties in the conflict to adhere to the ceasefire under UN supervision, and ultimately to work towards a just, durable and comprehensive peace in the region.    

19. The Dialogue Partners acknowledged ASEAN centrality and recognised ASEAN’s role as the driving force in all dialogue processes initiated by ASEAN.  In this regard, the Dialogue Partners reaffirmed and emphasised the importance of ASEAN in playing the key role in the evolving regional architecture.  In this context, the Meeting noted the successful convening of the First East Asia Summit (EAS) in Kuala Lumpur on 14 December 2005.

20. The Dialogue Partners were also updated on the status of ASEAN’s efforts towards ASEAN Community Building.  In this regard, the ASEAN Member Countries conveyed ASEAN’s appreciation to Australia and India for their contribution to the ASEAN Development Fund (ADF), as well as to Japan for the establishment of the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), to support the VAP and narrow ASEAN’s development gap.  The Meeting noted the on-going follow-up action to the implementation of the VAP and its three pillars of the ASEAN Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.  The Ministers of ASEAN Dialogue Partners agreed to work closely with ASEAN in providing assistance for ASEAN integration through the VAP and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI).  

21. The Dialogue Partners were informed of the change of Country Coordinatorship of ASEAN Dialogue Partners in a new three-year cycle beginning 29th July 2006 as follows: 
 

ASEAN DIALOGUE COORDINATORSHIP

 ASEAN
COUNTRY
COORDINATORS

PRESENT
2003 – 2006 

 NEXT CYCLE
2006 – 2009

Brunei Darussalam 

Canada 

China 

Cambodia 

 China

 EU

Indonesia

 EU

India 

Lao PDR

 India

Japan 

Malaysia 

 Japan

 Republic of Korea

 Myanmar

Republic of Korea 

 New Zealand

Philippines 

New Zealand 

 Russia

Singapore 

 Russia

 United States

 Thailand

 United States

Australia 

 Viet Nam

 Australia

 Canada

Kuala Lumpur
27 July 2006