Bali, Indonesia, 15 November 2011

Thailand today deposited its instrument of ratification of the Third Protocol to amend the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), making it the nineteenth of the 28 High Contracting Parties of the Treaty to have done so.

Thai Vice Foreign Minister, Mr Jullapong Nonsrichai handed the instrument to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan during their informal meeting at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting here.

Dr Surin welcomed the deposit of the Thai instrument, saying that this is another historic moment in Thailand’s external relations and participation in ASEAN. He noted that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers wish to encourage those remaining High Contracting Parties to speed up their respective ratification processes to bring about the early entry into force of the Third Protocol. ASEAN embassies in those countries concerned will be mobilised to draw attention of their host governments to the ratification requirement.

With the deposit of the Thai instrument, only nine more ratifications are required for the entry into force of the Third Protocol, which is designed to open the 1976 Treaty for accession by regional organisations which members are sovereign states. After the amendment enters into force, the European Union/European Commission intends to accede to the Treaty. The nine remaining High Contracting Parties that have not ratified the Third Protocol are Bangladesh, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.