The ASEAN Charter
Comes into Force Today
A ceremony was held at
the ASEAN Secretariat to welcome the entry into force
of the ASEAN Charter today.
Presiding over the ceremony was H.E. Dr Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia. He
was joined by H.E. Dr Mun Patanotai, Minister of Information
and Communication Technology of Thailand representing
the ASEAN Chair, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers, and Dr Surin
Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
In his remarks, Dr Surin said, "We at the ASEAN
Secretariat pledge to protect and uphold this ASEAN Charter
in letter and in spirit for the benefits of all the peoples
of ASEAN." "From now on, ASEAN shall operate
under the new legal framework laid down in the ASEAN Charter.
Quite a few new institutions shall soon be established.
The ASEAN Community that is being built will be more rules-based
and more people-oriented," he added.
The ceremony to welcome the entry into force was witnessed
by the ambassadors from ASEAN, ambassadors from ASEAN
Dialogue Partners, the diplomatic corp in Indonesia, as
well as representatives from regional and international
After the ceremony, the Special ASEAN Foreign Ministers'
Meeting or Inaugural Meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating
Council was convened at the ASEAN Secretariat.