Jakarta, 14 September 2011

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H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, and H.E. Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation on Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, this week discussed a wide range of cooperation between ASEAN and EU. Discussion especially evolved around sharing of experiences and expertise, as well as joint exercises on disaster preparedness, risk reductions and crisis response.

Both the Secretary General and the Commissioner agreed to further promote concrete cooperation between the existing mechanisms of ASEAN and EU, namely the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).

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Dr. Surin Pitsuwan and Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva also agreed on the positive development in Myanmar and look forward to the EU and ASEAN working more closely to encourage further development.