Letter dated 14 December 2004 from the Permanent Representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
I have the honour on behalf of the member countries of the Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, to inform you that the tenth ASEAN summit and its related summit meetings were held on 29 and 30 November 2004, in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
At the tenth ASEAN summit, ASEAN leaders signed the Vientiane Action Programme, a six-year plan, which is the successor of the Hanoi Plan of Action, to realize the end goal of the ASEAN Vision 2020 and the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II. The Vientiane Action Programme focuses on deepening regional integration and narrowing development gaps within ASEAN, in particular the least developed member countries.
In that connection, ASEAN leaders agreed to establish an ASEAN Development Fund to support the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme and future action programmes. To that end, they called on their Dialogue Partners, other countries and regional and international organizations to support the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (see http:// www.aseansec.org/).
I have the further honour to submit a copy of the press statement issued by the Chairman of the tenth ASEAN summit and its related summit meetings on 30 November 2004 (see annex). I would like to kindly request that the present letter and its annex be circulated as documents of the General Assembly under the agenda items entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of South-East Asian Nations” and “Culture of peace”.
(Signed ) Alounkeo Kittikhoun
Chairman of the ASEAN New York Committee
Annex to the letter dated 14 December 2004 from the Permanent Representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
Chairman’s Press Statement
10th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits
Vientiane, 29-30 November 2004
I. The 10th ASEAN Summit
The ASEAN Leaders expressed their concern over the violent situation in the Middle East and called for the creation of an independent Palestinian State living side by side with Israel within secure and internationally recognized borders that will bring about lasting peace in the Middle East.