UN / ASEAN PEACE AND SECURITY

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Addressing a Security Council meeting on the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in maintaining international peace and security, Secretary-General António Guterres said ASEAN’s engagement on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State “has enormous importance for the United Nations” and added that “it is essential that international efforts find a solution to the plight of displaced and refugees still living in desperate conditions.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Aerial shot, exterior, UN headquarters

30 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“ASEAN’s engagement on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has enormous importance for the United Nations. It is essential that international efforts find a solution to the plight of displaced and refugees still living in desperate conditions. Our strengthened cooperation with ASEAN is crucial in helping to advance concrete steps in line with humanitarian principles and the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We encourage ASEAN to use that great convening power to effectively and creatively address peace and security threats in the broader Asia-Pacific region. The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains of deep concern. Through public and quiet diplomacy, including by hosting historic meetings in Singapore and Hanoi, the ASEAN region has contributed to efforts to promote sustainable peace and security, and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
7. Med shot, China’s Ambassador
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN:
“Having gone through difficult times in history when Southeast Asia was deeply affected by wars and conflicts, member states of ASEAN hold high the values of peace that has been clearly stated in the ASEAN Charter as the first purpose of ASEAN: to quote 'to maintain and enhance peace, security and stability and further strengthen peace oriented values in the region'. By signing unto the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), member states of ASEAN have committed themselves towards a peaceful relationship with each other guided by the principles of mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of one another and peaceful settlement of disputes.”
9. Pan left, Council

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Addressing a Security Council meeting on the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in maintaining international peace and security, Secretary-General António Guterres today (30 Jan) said ASEAN’s engagement on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State “has enormous importance for the United Nations” and added that “it is essential that international efforts find a solution to the plight of displaced and refugees still living in desperate conditions.”

The Secretary-General said, “our strengthened cooperation with ASEAN is crucial in helping to advance concrete steps in line with humanitarian principles and the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.”

He encouraged ASEAN “to use that great convening power to effectively and creatively address peace and security threats in the broader Asia-Pacific region.”

On the situation on the Korean Peninsula he said, “through public and quiet diplomacy, including by hosting historic meetings in Singapore and Hanoi, the ASEAN region has contributed to efforts to promote sustainable peace and security, and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

He expressed hope that the role of Indonesia and Viet Nam as active members of the Security Council in 2020, will help build stronger links between ASEAN and the UN to advance diplomatic efforts on the Korean Peninsula.

The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, told the Council that “having gone through difficult times in history when Southeast Asia was deeply affected by wars and conflicts, member states of ASEAN hold high the values of peace that has been clearly stated in the ASEAN Charter as the first purpose of ASEAN: to quote 'to maintain and enhance peace, security and stability and further strengthen peace oriented values in the region'.”

He added that “by signing unto the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), member states of ASEAN have committed themselves towards a peaceful relationship with each other guided by the principles of mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of one another and peaceful settlement of disputes.”

ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
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