President Convinced Thailand Will Successfully Organize ASEAN Summit

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Jakarta ( Berita ) : President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believed that Thailand would be able to organize the 14th ASEAN summit well and successfully. The president expressed his conviction during a joint press conference with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the Presidential Palace here on Friday.

The president said that it would be important for Thailand to organize the ASEAN summit successfully because it would discuss main agenda items which would affect regional stability amid storms of global financial crisis. “There are two main agenda items that will be discussed in the summit, namely the transformation of ASEAN based on its new charter and regional cooperation to cope with global recession,” the president said.

Besides the two main agenda, the president said, the ASEAN leaders will also discuss bilateral and regional cooperation in the fight against human trafficking and transnational crimes. Through the discussion it is expected that problems pertaining to regional issues would be resolved well, he said.

In the meantime, Thai Prime Minister Vejjajiva hoped that the 14th ASEAN summit would be able to advance the ASEAN region in various fields such as democracy, food resilience, energy and so forth.

He said that ASEAN was preparing a step to overcome the financial crisis in an ASEAN+3 framework. “WE hope that the ASEAN finance ministers’ meeting later this week would agree to the framework,” he added.

The Thai prime minister said that the results of the ASEAN finance ministers’ meeting would be taken to the G-20 meeting in London next April. The 14th ASEAN summit was initially scheduled in December 2008 but was put off until February 28, 2009 due to uncertain political situation in Thailand recently.

Massive demonstrations calling for the resignation of the prime minister at that time forced the Thai government to delay the summit. As Thailand’s international airport was occupied by demonstrators and closed for sometime, the venue for the inauguration of the new ASEAN charter was moved to the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on December 15, 2008.

RI, Thailand Agree To Establish Fishery Cooperation Soon

Indonesia and Thailand have agreed to accomplish as soon as possible a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fishery sector in an effort to overcome poaching in the waters of both countries.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the Presidential office here on Friday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that Indonesia and Thailand wanted to establish mutually beneficial fishery cooperation.

“We agree to build more effective cooperation so that both countries would gain the highest possible benefits from the fishery sector,” President Yudhoyono said.

Yudhoyono said that Indonesia had told Thailand that it had been developing an integrated fishery system and was expecting that it would soon conclude an MoU in the fishery sector with Thailand.

The president said that the new format of fishery cooperation between Indonesia and Thailand would involve a joint investment, particularly in the processing business. He said that the new format is now under negotiations between the two countries. “We are negotiating what concrete format would be made, for example, a joint investment that could benefit both sides. I hope the negotiations on this new framework would be continued,” he said.

Prime Minister Vejjajiva hailed the fishery cooperation between Thailand and Indonesia. He said that Thailand was not seeking advantage from fishery resource exploitations in Indonesia, assuring that there were potentials of mutual benefit in fishery cooperation.

“We assure that Thailand will take part under the new regulation,” he said adding it was a matter how the two sides would a partner for a common understanding to overcome the issue. He said that Thailand hailed the joint investment idea in the fish processing industry which would be formulated in the MoU with Indonesia. ( ant )