Indonesia today deposited its instrument of ratification of the ASEAN Charter at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Mr Haris Nugroho, Acting Director for Political, Security and Territorial Treaties, Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, handed over the instrument of ratification to Mr Nicholas T. Dammen, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, who received it on behalf of Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN.

Expressing delight at the news, Dr Surin said, “I would like to thank Indonesia for their support of the ASEAN Charter process. Counting Indonesia, nine ASEAN Member States have now deposited their instruments of ratification. We are right on track to have the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter by the 14th ASEAN Summit.”

Thailand is the remaining ASEAN Member State who has yet to deposit its instrument of ratification. The ASEAN Charter shall enter into force on the thirtieth day following the date of deposit of the last instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of ASEAN.