ASEAN Statement on Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro
ASEAN Statement on Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro
1. ASEAN welcomes the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on 27 March 2014 in Manila.
2. ASEAN commends the constructive role of Malaysia as the Facilitator of the peace agreement and acknowledges the contributions of Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Indonesia to the peace agreement.
3. ASEAN continues to support lasting peace and development in areas of the southern Philippines covered by the Agreement.
The State Visit of the Sultan His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
At the invitation of U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah paid a three-day State Visit to Myanmar from 24 to 26 March 2014. His Majesty the Sultan paid a goodwill visit to Myanmar in 1998 for the first time, and this is the second visit. President U Thein Sein paid his first goodwill State Visit to Brunei in December 2012 and attended the ASEAN Summits held in Brunei in April and October 2013.
On 24 March, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was warmly welcomed at the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport by U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology(Minister-In-Attendance), Daw Yin Yin Myint, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam and senior officials.
On 25 March, His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, and the delegation was accorded the official welcoming ceremony on the lawns of the Presidential Palace, in Nay Pyi Taw. His Majesty, accompanied by President U Thein Sein, inspected the Guard of Honor and was introduced to the Myanmar Cabinet Ministers and senior officials on the lawn. His Majesty, in turn, introduced his members of delegation including Minister II of Finance Ministry, Minister II of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces to President U Thein Sein. Next, the bilateral talks were held at the Credentials Hall where leaders of both countries discussed cooperation in energy and agriculture sectors between the two countries, prospects of Myanmar’s rice export to Brunei, and the prevailing situation in diverse societies in Myanmar. At the talks, the leaders of both countries agreed to cooperate to promote peace and stability in the ASEAN region.
On the Rakhine issue, the Sultan of Brunei expressed that it was the internal affairs of Myanmar and that Brunei established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1993 with Myanmar. Being ASEAN member countries, both countries attach importance to strengthening friendly relations.
His Majesty and party later visited the Defence Services Museum in Zeyathiri Township. Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by the Chief of Staff of Ministry of Defence of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, General Hla Htay Win and shown around displays at the booths of Defence Services (Army), (Navy) and (Air). Before leaving the museum, His Majesty signed the guest book and received a memento presented by General Hal Htay Win. In return, His Majesty presented a plaque in commemoration of his visit to the museum.
In the late afternoon, His Majesty the Sultan and party, were shown around by President U Thein Sein the 500-acre model crop plantations in Pobbathiri Township in Nay Pyi Taw. At the integrated farm, President U Thein Sein guided His Majesty the Sultan and party round the thriving organic vegetables plantations. They also visited organic crops and fruits plantations and pineapple plantation on 900-acre Setsetyo model Farm. His Majesty and party were hosted a high tea by the President at the farm.
In the evening, President U Thein Sein hosted a State Banquet in honor of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam at the Presidential Palace during which the Brunei delegation was entertained with Myanmar songs and dances. The President and the Sultan were then entertained with the cultural performances at the Theatre Hall. They presented floral baskets to the artistes and posed for a documentary photo with them.
Also present at the State Banquet were Vice-Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, together with Union ministers, deputy ministers, Ambassadors of Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam and officials concerned.
On 26 March, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam concluded a three-day State Visit and left Nay Pyi Taw International Airport at 12 noon. Present at the airport to bid farewell to His Majesty were U Wunna Maung Lwin , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar , Minister in Attendance Deputy Minister Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ambassador of Myanmar to Brunei Darussalam Daw Yin Yin Myint, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Myanmar Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Abdu’r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Hj Basir and senior officials of Myanmar.
1. Mr. Tomas Qiea Quintana, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situationofhuman rightsinMyanmarvisited Myanmar from 13th to 19th Februaty 2014. The Govennnent ofMyanmarhas facilitated all places he would like to visit including Yangon, Sittwe, Myitkyina, Sagaing and Nay Pyi Taw and meetings with respective officials he asked for.
2. Before his departure from Myanmar, Mr. Quintana made a press statement at Yangon International Airport on 19th February 2014 at 18:15 hrs. Since most of the elements in his press statement did not reflect the, true situation ofMyanmar, the Govennnent of Myanmar categorically rejects his statement and allegations contained therein.
3. The responses of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to these allegations are as follows:
(a) His allegation: "Ifthe recently established Investigation Commission formed by the President regarding Ducheeratan incident fails to carry out an investigation that meets international standards, he will urge the UN Human Rights Council to establish a credible investigation to uncover the truth of what happened there and to hold anyone responsible for human rights violations to account".
It is a pessimistic prejudgment to ask the UN Human Rights Council to get involved in the invest;igation if the recently-established InvestigationCommission formed by the Presidentofthe Republicof the Union of Myanmar concerning Ducheeratan incident fails to carry out an investigation that meets international standards even before the Commission has reported its finding on the incident;
It is not necesSaty to involve international organizations in the investigation process since the investigation commission formed by the President is independent, and it comprises of 10 members who are from well-respected personnel in the community and religious elders among others. The Commission will present its report directly to the President on 28th February 2014.
It is obvious that Mr. Quintana has blatantly interfered in the internal affairs of a country by issuing a prejudiced statement, amounting to meddling with the decision-making process of a sovereign State with his call for the involvement of UN Human Rights Council in the international affairs ofthe country.
The Special Rapporteur should provide detailed facts to the Government of Myanmar if he may have any. It is counter-productive and may have negative impact on the harmony and solidarity already achieved among the communities by his pessimistic statement based on any unverified information.
(b) His allegation:
"Muslim communities remain segregated from Buddhist communitiesand theirfreedom ofmovementrestricted."
It is known that sufficient amount of time is required to build trust and confidence between the two communities and they should not be compelled to live side-by-side immediately.
The Government, together with religious and community leaders, has encouraged and facilitated interfaith dialogues and community dialogues in Rakhine State since June 2012.
It is crucial for non-Rakhine community to accept the population verification process-an initial step for resettlement and access to livelihoods, freedom ofmovementandcitizenship among others.
It will help the international community to better understand the situation there ifthe Special Rapporteurmaywishtohighlight these underlying difficulties.
(c) His allegation:
"Humanitarian organizations providing life-saving assistance were being increasingly threatened."
The Government and local authorities in Rakhine State are trying their utmost to facilitate the humanitarian agencies working there to provide necessary assistance to the needed ones.
On the other hand, it is imperative for the humanitarian agencies to conduct their aid activities in a transparent and fair manner. In recent months, several protests were staged against certain humanitarian agencies in Sittway, Mrauk-U, Paul< Taw, Maung Taw and Bu Thee Taung. The local populace who has staged protests against humanitarian agencies are questioning their impartiality and calling upon their activities to be transparent. It is perceived by the local communitythat certain agencies working in Rakhine State have beenstirringup disruptionofthe stabilitythere.
(d) Mr. Quintana demands for release of so-called prisoners of conscience, Dr. Tun Aung, Kyaw Hla Aung and 3INooworkers.
It is, in fact, the three locally-recruited INGO workers, who are not expatriate staff, were arrested and detained under Section 436 ofthe Penal Code for their involvement in arson attacks on Bo Hmuu Village and Waitharli Village in connection with the communal violence that occurred in Rakhine State in June 2012. They had been employed as driver, security staffandfood distributor.
Tun Aung was charged under Sections 153 (a)/sos(c) of the Penal Code and under several charges including Section 6 (1), the falsification of national registration certificate and was sentenced accordingly in 2012.
Kyaw HlaAung was chargedun~erSection 148/333/150 ofthe Penal Code for his involvement in inciting a violent attack on the civil service personnel who were conducting the population verification working Thetkaipyinvillage in Sittwayin April 2013.
(e) His allegation:
"The offence ofthe Tatmadawand human rights violations in Kachin State"
It is simply unfitting that the UN Special Rapporteur makes allegations based on unverified information against the military operation and human rights violations of the Tatrnataw in Kachin State. The Government has been exerting utmost efforts to promote the situation of human rights all over Myanmar since its assumption of the responsibility of the State. The Government is also working for the signing of international treaties on human rights.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nay Pyitaw Dated, 2th February 2014
Statement No. (2/2014) of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission regarding findings of Commission Team from its investigation of the incident at Ducheeratan village-tract
Statement No. (2/2014) of Myanmar National Human Rights
Commission regarding findings of Commission Team from its investigation of the incident at Ducheeratan village-tract
1. A team from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) comprising the Secretary and three members visited Sittway and Maungtaw Townships and made a tour of Ducheeratan Village-tract from
30 January to 3 February 2014, in order to investigate the news reports on the incident that had occurred at Ducheeratan middle village.
2. During the trip, the Commission Team carried out the following activities with regard to:
(a) the news of the killing of 8 Bengalis,
(b) the news of 40 Bengalis killed in the police shooting in connection with
the attack on the police patrol team by a group of Bengalis from
Ducheeratan middle village on the night 13 January, and
(c) the Internet news that Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) treated 22
patients wounded in the abovementioned shooting:
- met and had discussions with some Ministers of the Rakhine State
on 30 January and 3 February 2014 and took statements from the
relevant responsible officials
- took statements from officials concerned, including three high-
ranking police officials, District Administrator and also from the
Administrator of Kinchaung village, some villagers, and four
detainees being remanded and under investigation at the Maungtaw
- interrogated both male and female villagers from Ducheeratan
middle village and surrounding Bengali villages and took statements
- met with about 20 village elders and Islamic religious leaders from
the Ducheeratan village-tract at the primary school of Ducheeratan
middle village and verified with them the news of the killing of 8
and 40 Bengalis
- met with over 200 women from Ducheeratan middle village and
heard and noted their complaints on the Ducheeratan incident and
took statements from some of them
- had discussions with the representatives of UNHCR, UNOCHA and
Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF)
- had discussions with Rakhine townelders of Maungtaw Township
- had discussions with Islamic religious leaders and elders of
- conducted an inspection tour of Ducheeratan villages,including
Ducheeratan west village where a fire broke out on 28 January 2014
- inspected the former cemetery of Khayay Myaing village
3. The following are the facts found out by the Commission Team from the above-
(a) The news report that 8 Bengalis were killed on 9 January 2014 was not
known in Khayay Myaing and Kinchaung villages where Rakhine
nationals live. However, this news was rumored in Ducheeratan middle
village and other villages where Bengalis reside.
(b) Although the information that a woodcutter discovered 8 Bengalis buried
at the Khayay Myaing cemetery emerged in Ducheeratan Bengali
villages, no evidence was detected to confirm this information.
(c) On interrogation, it was found that Rakhine nationals obtained this
information as Internet news.
(d) Neither in meeting with the elders and religious leaders of the
Ducheeratan village tract nor in meeting with over 200 women of
Ducheeratan middle village, mention was made by any of them of this
(e) Different news versions of the killing of 8 Bengalis could not be
(f) It was known that some army and police forces entered Ducheeratan
villages to search for police Sergeant Aung Kyaw Thein after the incident
at Ducheeratan middle village on the night of 13 January 2014.
(g) Regarding the killing of 40 Bengalis from Ducheeratan village, the
Commission Team took statements from the departmental officials
concerned, high ranking police officials and policemen, responsible
persons from the villages concerned, Bengali elders and women from
Ducheeratan villages. These statements, however, contained no
information that substantiate the alleged news of killings.
(h) Although the Commission Team urged Bengali religious leaders and \
women to frankly come forth with their views, no proof was discovered
to confirm the alleged news.
(i) The Commission Team observed that the statements made by Bengali
villagers did not contain any Information on the attack by villagers on the
Police patrol commanded by police sergeant Aung Kyaw Thein.
(j) Discrepancies were noted in the news on the alleged killings of Bengalis.
for example, it was reported that over 100 people were killed during the
police shooting on 13 January 2014 while the news that a list of 52
people killed given to the Human Rights Commission was found to be
incorrect. In fact, such a list was not given to the Myanmar National
Human Rights Commission.
4. In the discussion with MSF, it was stated by MSF that 22 people which included
1 person with gunshot wound, 4 people with swellings, 10 people with cuts and
bruises and 7 emotionally upset people, were treated by them. However, MSF
did not provide the patients’ names and identities to the Commission Team as it
keeps the patients list as confidential due to the humanitarian nature of its work.
MSF also stated that they did not report the case of gunshot wound either to the
police to the government health department and that it merely urged the patient
to continue his treatment at a government clinic. According to the township
medical officer, no government clinic in Maungtaw received any patient with
gunshot wound. However, as a result of the investigations by District
Administrator and Township Medical Officer, it was also learnt from two
doctors of the MSF that their clinics did not treat any such patients.
5. The Commission Team discussed its findings with other members of the
Commission on 5 February 2014 and reaches the following conclusions and
- The news of the killing of 8 Bengalis and 40 Bengalis did not emerge in
the Ducheeratan village-tract and It is therefore concluded that the said
news is unverifiable and unconfirmed
- The government departments and organizations concerned delayed in
issuing the news on the true Situation regarding the incident at
Ducheeratan middle village and this delay gave rise to the spread of
rumors and unsubstantiated news
- The Commission concludes that the attempt of the 3 policemen to stop the
attack of a group of Bengali Villagers failed due to defective ammunition
and led to a confused situation that finally resulted in the disappearance of
the police sergeant Aung Kyaw Thein. It is recommended that necessary
steps should be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the
- The villagers from Ducheeratan east and middle villages fled on 13
January 2014 and as a result, the Looting of their possessions, rice stocks
and cattle must have occurred during the ensuing commotion. It Is
therefore recommended that steps should be taken urgently to provide food
and other basic needs to the two villages in question.
- In view of the continued tensions and concerns among the villages
involved in the Ducheeratan incident, Special security arrangements should
be initiated as a matter of priority to prevent further issues from Emerging
again in those areas.
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
Date: 14 February 2014
A Goodwill Visit of President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
A Goodwill Visit of President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
At the invitation of U Thein Sein , President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and wife Daw Khin Khin Win, President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mrs Daniela Schadt paid an official goodwill visit to Myanmar from 9 to 12 February 2014.
On 10th February 2014, the President of Germany and his party were welcomed by President U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win on the lawns of the Presidential compound in Nay Pyi Taw.
During the visit, both sides discussed matters relating to achievements and challenges in carrying out political, economic and administrative reforms in Myanmar, strengthening amity and cooperation between the two countries, promotion of trade and investment, peace building, stability and development of Rakhine State and development of SMEs sector at Credentials Hall of the Presidential office and the followings were discussed :-
- Financing Agreement (grant) for implementation of Rural Infrastructure Programme with the use of 7 million euro provided by Germany was discussed with Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
- The provision of Euro 15 million by the German government to Myanmar for enhancing vocational training centers, banking industry and government and NGOs from2013 to 2015.
The two presidents attended the signing ceremony of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understandings, which were as follows:-
- An agreement was signed between Germany and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the Reduction and Rescheduling of the Foreign Debt of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Deputy Minister Dr. Lin Aung and the German Ambassador to Myanmar.
- Agreed Minutes on the Treatment of Debt of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was signed between Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein and Paris Club member countries on 23 January 2013 in Paris of France. According to the agreement, debt clearance volume is over euro 1084 million. Out of them, 50 % of debt was cancelled by Germany. Over euro 543 million of the remaining 50 % debt is to be repaid by Myanmar with 3 % of the interest rate within fifteen years—seven years pending period and eight years repayment period.
President U Thein Sein thanked Germany for its generous aid for the development of Myanmar during the 60-year period of diplomatic relations. He acknowledged German government’s rightful stand against the intense pressures from some Western countries on Myanmar in the past 20 years. The President expressed his firm belief that the German President’s goodwill visit would boost future bilateral cooperation, strengthening the existing bilateral friendship.
The German President praised Myanmar supporting Myanmar’s democratization. He continued that his visit would enhance bilateral relations and Germany wanted to assist Myanmar which is making great strides in sweeping reforms that opened a new page in the history of Myanmar.
During the visit, German President Mr. Joachim Gauck held talks with Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann at Zabuthiri Hall of Hluttaw Building and Chairperson of Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the Aureum Palace Hotel.
At the same time , Daw Khin Khin Win, wife of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar held talks with Mrs Daniel Schadt, Partner of the German President and discussed assistance to be provided by Germany for enhancement of education and health sectors in far-flung areas of the nation, uplifting the life of women in rural area, and social activities of Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association.
On 11th February 2014, German President Mr. Joachim Gouck also visited Yangon University and delivered a speech and it was attended by Union Ministers, Rectors of the Universities and University students. In the afternoon, German President and party opened the Myanmar branch of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) after attending the Myanmar-German Economic Cooperation Forum at Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Office .
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Retreat
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Retreat
In conjunction with the AMM Retreat held in Bagan, the signing ceremony for the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of Malaysia on the Establishment of the Joint Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was held at Banquet Hall, Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan on 17th January 2014.
The Agreement was signed by U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and His Excellency Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malaysia. Also present at the ceremony were U Tin Oo Lwin, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Senior Officials from Miniseries of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and Malaysia.
Under this Agreement, Myanmar and Malaysia will establish a Myanmar-Malaysia Joint Commission to facilitate consultation and cooperation in the economic, scientific and technical areas between the two countries to expand and enhance bilateral relations and cooperation on a lasting and long term basis.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
NAY PYI TAW
17 January 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw 24 January 2014
It is learnt that foreign media and some international agencies are issuing Press Releases base on unjustified conclusions drawing from unverified information in relation to the incidents which took place on 13 January 2014 in Dcheeatan (Middle) village, Maungtaw Township. Such misinformation and unjustified conclusions amount to exaggeration and distorting the situation eventually leading to misunderstanding between the two communities in Rakhine State. It is also confirmed that those Press Releases were issued without any attempt to inquire or verify the information with responsible government officials. The truth about the situation of the incident is as follows:
During the routine patrol duty in Ducheertan (Middle) village in the vicinity on the night of 13 January 2014, a five-member police patrol team was surrounded and threatened by over on hundred Bengali mob wielding sticks and knives. As the mob advance with visible threat, the patrol team had to leave the vicinity. During the withdrawal, the leader of the police patrol team was lost in the mob. Remobilized police and security forces from Maungtaw town revisited the same vicinity in search of the lost Police Sergeant. They were again threatened by over 500 Bengali mob armed with sticks and knives. In order to deter from being physically attacked, eight warning shots were fired. However, there were no civilian injuries or causalities.
In search of the missing Police Sergeant in the following days, only clues such as blood-stained uniform, belt, and a pair of boot were discovered. The Chief Minister of Rakhine State, local authorizes, police and security personnel, religious leaders, Rakhine State Hluttaw (Parliament) Representatives, resident representatives from UNHCR and OCHA together made a tour to the area including Ducheertan Village and met with the villagers.
A planned and pre-determined violent attack on the security personnel in the line of duty is an offence punishable by law. The attackers include those who took part in the arms training courses run by so-called Rohingya Solidarity Organization-RSO. Law enforcement agencies will continue their efforts to expose and bring them to justice within the existing framework of law.
The Union Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the local authorities are taking every step to ensure security, rule of law, justice, humanitarian access, and reconciliation in Rakhine State. At this critical juncture of political, socio-economic and administrative reform process in Myanmar, will only unbiased, constructive and well-objective activities be helpful to the people of Myanmar.
The international media and international agencies should release only information which is verified with responsible officials of the government. Failing to do so, releasing unverified information would be tantamount to interfering in internal affairs of the host country. Resident Diplomatic Missions are also required to faithfully observe fundamental diplomatic practices in line with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nay Pyi Taw
Announcement for Myanmar Citizens
VISION STATEMENT ON ASEAN-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION
VISION STATEMENT ON ASEAN-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION
Shared Vision, Shared Identity, Shared Future
WE, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan;
ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of the Joint Declaration for Enhancing ASEAN-Japan
Strategic Partnership for Prospering Together (Bali Declaration);
NOTING the Five Principles of Japan's ASEAN diplomacy announced by the Prime Minister
of Japan on 18 January 2013;
COMMITTED to the principles, common values and norms stipulated in the ASEAN Charter
and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC);
HEREBY reaffirm that ASEAN and Japan strengthen cooperation in the following four areas
Partners for Peace and Stability
We reaffirm our enhanced commitment for the maintenance of peace, security, and stability,
which is in the regional and global interests through:
Further maintaining the stance as peace-loving nations and strengthening peaceoriented
values through, inter alia, respect for universally recognised principles of
international law, and upholding the principle of moderation;
Resolving disputes by peaceful means including through dialogue and consultations,
renunciation of the threat or use of force and in accordance with universally recognised
principles of international law;
Enhancing dialogue and cooperation to promote the rule of law, good governance,
democracy, and human rights; and
Strengthening cooperation on disaster management, UN Peace-Keeping
Operations, non-proliferation and disarmament, counter-terrorism, transnational
crime and maritime security, among others.
Partners for Prosperity
We are committed to further enhancing our comprehensive economic partnership through:
Strengthening cooperation in areas of mutual interest related to trade in goods, trade in
services and investment, including to enhance the utilisation of the ASEAN-Japan
Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the implementation of the
ASEAN-Japan 10-Year Strategic Economic Cooperation Roadmap;
Supporting efforts to enhance ASEAN Connectivity and a wider regional connectivity, as
well as the utilisation of enhanced connectivity by business sectors, further promoting
sustainable economic development, knowledge-based and innovation-driven industries,
and continuing cooperation to narrow the development gap in the region; and
Strengthening cooperation in air and maritime linkages between ASEAN and Japan in
the region as well as ensuring freedom and safety of navigation and overflight, in
accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, including the
1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the relevant
standards and recommended practices by the International Civil Aviation Organisation
Partners for Quality of Life
We are committed to promoting human resource development and overcoming socioeconomic
and environmental issues by:
Promoting cooperation in science, technology and innovation, information and
communications technology and cyber security;
Strengthening partnership in agriculture, food security, energy security, nuclear safety,
environmental protection and water resources management;
Enhancing cooperation to eradicate poverty and tackle challenges arising from climate
change, disasters, urbanisation, and aging population;
Sharing experience and knowledge in improving healthcare systems toward universal
health coverage, social safety-net, and in empowering women to participate in political,
economic, and socio-cultural development; and
Continuing to cooperate for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by
2015 and beyond, as well as enhancing human security in line with UN General
Assembly Resolution 66/290, in particular to further improve the well-being and livelihood
of the peoples of ASEAN and Japan.
We will continue to strengthen mutual trust and "heart-to-heart" understanding as well as
nurture friendship by:
Promoting cultural and arts exchange, and people-to-people exchanges in tourism,
youth, and sports;
Enhancing cooperation in education, including, among others, language learning; and
Preserving diverse cultures and traditions;
Adopted in Tokyo, with its Implementation Plan on the Fourteenth Day of December of the
Year Two Thousand Thirteen.
Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit
"Hand in hand, facing regional and global challenges"
1. We, the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, gathered in Tokyo, on 14 December 2013 at the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations. The Summit was attended by Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
2. We recognised the important role that ASEAN and Japan could play to address regional and global challenges and exchanged our views on issues of common interests.
3. Regional Architecture: We recognised the need to further strengthen regional cooperation frameworks for peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and stressed the importance of ASEAN's centrality in the evolving regional architecture through the various ASEAN-led processes, including the ASEAN Plus Three (APT), the East Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus, all of which Japan has been an important part. We emphasised the role of the EAS as a Leaders-led forum for dialogue and cooperation on issues of strategic importance to the region, including political, security, economic and development issues so as to further promote peace, stability, economic prosperity and integration in East Asia.
4. Maritime Security and Cooperation: We underscored the importance of maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region and promoting maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation, unimpeded commerce, exercise of self-restraint and resolution of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). We resolved to enhance maritime security and safety cooperation, such as information sharing and capacity building including through the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum. The ASEAN Leaders also appreciated Japan's initiatives and active participation in the efforts to fostering the dialogue with ASEAN Member States on maritime issues. Japan welcomed the official consultations between ASEAN and China on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
5. Free and safe maritime navigation and aviation: Recognising the benefits of enhanced connectivity between ASEAN and Japan, we agreed to strengthen cooperation on air and maritime linkages. We also agreed to enhance cooperation in ensuring the freedom of overflight and civil aviation safety in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, and the relevant standards and recommended practices by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
6. Korean Peninsula: We stressed the need to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and called for the enuclearisation of the Peninsula through peaceful dialogue including creating the conditions for the resumption of the Six Party Talks. We reaffirmed our commitments to fully implement the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions to this end. We encouraged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to fully comply with its obligations under all relevant UNSC Resolutions and commitments under the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks. We also emphasised the importance of addressing humanitarian concerns of the international community, including the abductions issue.
7. Global Economy: We renewed our determination to continue our contribution to the strong, sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth of the world economy. We expressed our strong expectations that a revitalisation of the Japanese economy would greatly benefit the regional and global economy. Prime Minister Abe commended ASEAN's economic integration efforts. We underscored the importance of efforts to achieve economic growth, address fiscal problems, and eliminate protectionism, among other challenges. In this regard, we welcomed the substantial conclusion of the negotiations on the Services and Investment Chapters of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement, and will also continue to enhance our regional economic partnerships such as well as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in order to enhance the welfare and livelihoods of the people of ASEAN and Japan. Recognising the importance of a strong multilateral trading system (MTS) in safeguarding global trade expansion that serves as a source of economic development, job creation and sustainable development, we also welcomed the outcomes of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali and call on its members to keep up their efforts to strengthen the MTS.
8. A Society in which all women shine: We recognised the importance of promoting gender equality and women empowerment that would foster women's role as a development driver and improve their share to development gain. In the end, efforts to eliminate gender disparities would result in tremendous social improvements and lead to equitable and inclusive growth for all. Therefore, we welcomed Japan's initiative to create "a society in which all women shine", as announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.
9. Societal Issues: We resolved to share experiences and lessons, and strengthen cooperation on societal issues emerging as common challenges, such as demographic challenges and their impacts on social welfare and employment, as well as problems caused by urbanisation.
10. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), post-2015 development agenda:
We underlined the importance of accelerating the progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and formulating post-2015 development agenda. In this regard, we welcomed the vision to end extreme poverty in the context of sustainable development and promote issues such as disaster risk reduction and universal health coverage, within the framework of renewed global partnership. In this regard, we supported ASEAN's decision to develop an ASEAN Community Post-2015 Vision.
11. Climate Change: We emphasised that climate change is a common challenge for regional and international community. We reaffirmed our goal of agreeing on the fair and effective framework under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). We recognised the importance of enhancing our cooperation in the field of climate change, including the exchange of personnel, knowledge sharing, and transfer of environmentally-friendly technology as important tools for achieving low carbon growth in the region and in this regard, noted the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) promoted by Japan.
12. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: We recognised the need to enhance the capacities of the region to be more resilient and self-reliant in mitigating the impact of disasters and reaffirmed the importance and urgency of enhancing cooperation in disaster management. We welcomed activities such as the ADMM-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise (ADMM-Plus HADR & MM Ex) held in Brunei Darussalam on 17-20 June 2013, as a landmark cooperation among the defence forces of the ADMM-Plus countries. In this regard, ASEAN welcomed Japan's interest in this area of cooperation and noted its offer to host an informal meeting between ASEAN and Japan involving ministers in charge of defence matters to discuss this issue and other non-traditional security challenges.
13. Sustainable utilisation and management of water and natural resources and environmental protection: We stressed the importance of the sustainable development, namely the crucial link between sustainable use and management of our scarce natural and water resources and the environmental protection. In this regard, we emphasised the need to work closely in addressing these issues in order to serve the interest of both ASEAN and Japan and demonstrate the common responsibility to the international community, and in ensuring sustainable development in the ASEAN region in order to reach the objectives of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, including to the realisation of the MDGs, and the fight against the Global Warming in the region.
14. Transnational Threats: We underscored the importance of collaboration in addressing transnational threats such as terrorism and transnational organised crimes including trafficking in persons, drug trafficking. We resolved to strengthen regional cooperation in enhancing capabilities to counter these transnational threats.
15. Middle East: We reaffirmed that ASEAN and Japan would continue positive contributions toward peace and stability in the Middle East. We expressed our concern over the continued conflict in Syria, and call for immediate cessation of violence, initiation of inclusive political dialogue and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance. With regard to the Middle East Peace Process, we supported the ongoing talks between both sides and appreciated the efforts of the relevant countries to help in Palestinian state-building efforts at the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD).
16. The United Nations Reform: We reaffirmed the urgent need for the United Nations reform, including that of the Security Council. We reaffirmed our determination to work closely with other member states and relevant UN agencies to achieve this endeavour.
17. Japan's Proactive Contribution to Peace: We reaffirmed our commitment for the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity in our region. In this regard, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe elaborated his security policy to proactively contribute even further to the peace and stability of the region and the international community from the perspective of "Proactive Contribution to Peace" based on Japan's long-standing principle of international cooperation. The ASEAN Leaders looked forward to Japan's efforts in contributing constructively to peace, stability, and development in the region.
President U Thein Sein attended the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit and the 5th Mekong-Japan Summit in Japan
U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, together with Union Ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Thein Nyunt, U Maung Myint and Dr Kan Zaw, Chief Ministers U La John Ngan Sai and U Ohn Myint, Deputy Ministers U Ye Htut, Dr Maung Maung Htay and Dr. Daw Thein Thien Htay, Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar U Set Aung and senior officials attended the 40th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit and the 5th Mekong-Japan Summit on December 13-14, 2013 in Japan.
During the visit , the Governments of Myanmar and Japan signed the following MoUs:-
(1) MoU on Japanese Government's assistance to Myanmar Government for human resources development fellowship programme;
(2) MoU on cooperation in the main project development of Thilawa Special Economic Zone;
(3) MoU on Japan's assistance in preventive measures against natural disaster for rehabilitation of mangrove forests in Ayeyarwady delta;
(4) MoU on economic cooperation between the Myanmar Government and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
On 13th December 2013, President U Thein Sein and ASEAN leaders attended a tea party hosted by Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Shoda at Imperail Palace. The President also attended a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife at PM's residence.
At the Commemorative Summit, in delivering a speech, President U Thein Sein stressed the need for formulation of frameworks for maintaining regional peace and stability and security and ensuring stepped-up cooperation and said he was pleased to see the 40th anniversary of ASEAN Japan ties based on unity, mutual respect, friendship and understanding. He expressed his belief that the Summit would bring better outcomes for strengthening friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in future. He called for formulation of frameworks in order to guarantee regional peace and stability and security and step up cooperation. He highlighted nuclear disarmament, fight against transnational crimes, maritime cooperation and human rights matters.
The President stressed the need to acknowledge the development in implementing ASEAN-Japan Strategic Economic Cooperation Roadmap 2012-2013 that has been achieved to pave the way for success of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) He welcomed the Japanese proposal to establish disaster-resilient ASEAN Community, encouraging it to stand united in the face of challenges like development divide, income inequality, urbanrural development gap, lack of infrastructure development, energy insufficiency, environment matters and natural disasters. Since the Asia-Pacific region is prone to natural disasters, he welcomed the proposal of Japan for establishment of ASEAN Community that will have the capacity for formation of the network on control and promotion of cooperation for ASEAN-Japan natural disaster management. He pledged Myanmar's full support to seek nuclear-free Korean peninsula for guaranteeing peace and stability and security in Korea peninsula.
President U Thein Sein affirmed support for peaceful resolution of South China Sea issue between ASEAN and China through negotiations. He vowed to support the Vision Statement on ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, its action plan and joint statement which were approved by the Summit. He also expressed appreciation for assistance to ongoing the SEA Games in Myanmar by Japan and ASEAN countries.
On 14th December 2013, the President attended the 5th Mekong-Japan Summit with the counterpars from Mekong region countries. In his speech, the President pointed out that development gap between Mekong region and other ASEAN countries can be narrowed by implementing the projects in cooperation with Japan. He reaffirmed that 7th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held in Myanmar in 2014 in conjunction with the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
During the visit, President U Thein Sein and Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe had bilateral talks, focusing on bilateral relations and cooperation, economic and investment sector, development of Thilawa special economic zone, prospects for Dawei deep sea port and special economic zone project, electrification for development of rural regions and poverty alleviation, availability of safe water, enhancement of tourism industry, education and health sectors, communication and postal service, process of ASEAN-Japan relationship, participation of Japan in the national reconciliation process of Myanmar, regional and international relations.
At the joint press conference of the two countries, the Japanese Prime Minister clarified the matters of upgrading Yangon-Mandalay railroad, development of water supplying project in Yangon region, development of infrastructures in Thilawa port, provision of 63.2 billion yen for development plans of irrigation facilities to western Bago region and Japan's assistance to Myanmar's peace-making process. President U Thein Sein expressed his profound thank for Japan's Sports wear design and the donation of Suzuki motorbikes for the athletes of Myanmar in the 27th SEA Games by Japan.
The President and his delegation visited the Toyota Motor plant near Nagoya, the Kinkakuji monastery, which is a National Landmark and National Park and Shwethamin Monastery (Kyaungtaw) in Kyoto.