1. The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Sessions with its Dialogue Partners, Australia, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, and the United States; and the ASEAN PMC 10+10 Retreat were held on 28 July 2005 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
2. The ASEAN PMC 10+1 Session with Australia was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia. The Meeting welcomed the outcomes of the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Commemorative Summit held last November in Vientiane, which has provided the impetus for elevation of the ASEAN-Australia dialogue relations. The Meeting welcomed the decision of Australia to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia in December 2005 in Malaysia upon completion of its domestic procedures. In this connection, the Meeting welcomed the signing of the Declaration on Intention to Accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia by Australia on 28 July 2005 in Vientiane. Australia expressed its appreciation to ASEAN for its decision to invite Australia to participate in the first East Asia Summit (EAS) to be held in December 2005 in Malaysia. The Meeting also welcomed the progress in the negotiations of the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Area and the strengthening of development cooperation between ASEAN and Australia through the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Programme (AADCP). The Meeting noted with appreciation the increasing people-to-people interactions between the peoples of ASEAN and Australia and agreed to further enhance cooperation in this area as well as in fighting terrorism and transnational crime, energy, human resource development, science and technology and the narrowing of the development gap in ASEAN.
3. The ASEAN PMC 10+1 Session with Canada was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Minister Affairs II of Brunei Darussalam and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The Meeting noted with appreciation that the ASEAN-Canada development cooperation has been enhanced since last year and both sides are considering a work plan for 2005-2006 to implement the cooperation, including narrowing the development gap in ASEAN. Canada agreed to consider signing a joint declaration with ASEAN in combating terrorism in 2006.
4. The ASEAN PMC 10+1 Session with the European Union (EU) was co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia and the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. ASEAN strongly condemned the recent terrorists’ attacks in London and conveyed its sympathy to the families of the victims. The Meeting reiterated that ASEAN and the EU should strengthen its joint efforts in combating terrorism through the implementation of the ASEAN-EU Joint Declaration on Terrorism. The Meeting welcomed the progress in the implementation of the Trans-Regional EU-ASEAN Trade Initiative (TREATI), and the commencement of the Joint Feasibility Study on ASEAN-EU Economic Cooperation, including a possible free trade area. The Meeting also welcomed the Regional EU-ASEAN Development Initiative (READI), which would boost ASEAN-EU cooperation in the non-trade areas. The Meeting noted with appreciation the ongoing efforts by ASEAN and the EU to enhance the visibility of the dialogue partnership.
5. The ASEAN PMC10 +1 Session with the New Zealand was co-chaired by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. The Meeting welcomed the decision of New Zealand to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia on 28 July 2005 in Vientiane. The Meeting welcomed the signing of the ASEAN-New Zealand Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism on 29 July 2005 in Vientiane and agreed that both sides develop a work programme to implement the declaration in a substantive way. The Meeting noted with satisfaction the progress achieved in the negotiation of the ASEAN-Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Area. The Meeting welcomed the commitment of New Zealand to fight poverty in ASEAN and its support for the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI).
6. The ASEAN PMC 10+1 Session with the Russian Federation was co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russia Federation. The Meeting welcomed the strengthening of ASEAN-Russia dialogue relations and the forthcoming ASEAN-Russia Summit to be held in December 2005 in Malaysia, which will boost the momentum of the relations and cooperation. The Meeting agreed that the work on the ASEAN-Russian Federation Economic and Development Cooperation Agreement and the work programme on ASEAN-Russia cooperation should be expedited. The Meeting agreed that cooperation in culture, tourism and combating terrorism, should be integral aspects of ASEAN-Russia cooperation. The Meeting also exchanged views on UN reforms.
7. The ASEAN PMC 10+1 Session with the United States (US) was co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America. The US underscored the importance of the ASEAN-US dialogue relations. In the light of the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-US dialogue relations, the Meeting agreed to look at developing a substantive document for cooperation, which would set out the road ahead and elevate the partnership to a higher level. ASEAN urged the US to work towards a regional ASEAN-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The US noted with appreciation the open and inclusive nature of ASEAN cooperation with external partners. The Meeting welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the ASEAN Cooperation Plan (ACP) and to look at further cooperation in the areas of environment, trade facilitation, cyber-security, access to clean energy and combating terrorism and transnational crime. The Meeting noted the important role of ASEAN in fighting emerging infectious diseases such as the Avian Influenza and called for cooperation between ASEAN and the US in these areas.
8. The ASEAN PMC 10+10 Retreat was chaired by H.E. Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR and was attended by Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member Countries and ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, the United States, the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Secretary-General of ASEAN.
9. The Meeting exchanged views on international and regional economic issues; the progress of ASEAN Integration, including the strengthening of development cooperation, the IAI, the Vientiane Action Programme (VAP) and energy cooperation; and the follow-up to the Special ASEAN Leaders Meeting on Tsunami held in January 2005 in Jakarta, Indonesia. In this regard, they welcomed the signing by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response on 26 July 2005 in Vientiane.
10. The Meeting discussed the increasing oil price, energy security and cooperation, regional and international post-Tsunami efforts for reconstruction and rehabilitation in the affected regions, counter-terrorism, emerging infectious diseases and climate change. The Meeting called for enhanced cooperation in energy security, and in combating terrorism and infectious diseases.
11. The Meeting supported the ASEAN Community and the progress achieved in several fronts in ASEAN’s integration and community building efforts, including the narrowing of the development gap in ASEAN. The Dialogue Partners agreed to work closely with ASEAN in providing assistance to ASEAN integration through the VAP and IAI. The Dialogue Partners welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN Development Fund (ADF) to support the implementation of the VAP and its successor plans. ASEAN urged its Dialogue Partners to support the ADF.
12. The Meeting noted that the EAS will be inclusive and outward looking and that ASEAN will be in the driving seat.