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Asean solidarity and responsibility

Re: "Asean weathering storms, making progress elsewhere", Opinion, May 15.

In his informative article about the first-ever Asean Summit hosted by Myanmar, Simon Tay is right in emphasising the necessity of further efforts to position this regional organisation so that it can be more unified and decisive in future.

From this perspective, more serious attention has to be paid to the clear-cut commitments formulated at the summit. To achieve tangible results under its central theme of 2014 - "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community" - Asean members must forge dynamic collective action in line with the regional bloc's charter.

It is gratifying that the 10 members used the summit to underscore the importance of Asean unity as a foundation for all efforts towards regional peace, stability and enhanced economic development.

If, indeed, Asean unity is to be at the core of a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible regional community, its members must immediately begin to demonstrate genuine solidarity in all their activities, plus a serious responsibility for making their own generous commitments to integration.

Ioan Voicu

Bangkok




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