The Commission reviewed the progress on the implementation of the Plan of Action to strengthen the SEANWFZ Treaty in the 2007-2012 period.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers applauded the major outcomes in four key fields: the finalization of negotiations with nuclear weapons countries on their participation in the Protocol of the SEANWFZ Treaty; enhancement of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); integration of nuclear safety into cooperation content between ASEAN and its partners like the Russian Federation, the US, Japan as well as other nuclear free zones across the world; promotion of the Treaty’s role and contributions at multi-lateral nuclear security and safety forums.
ASEAN member countries also praised Vietnam’s accession to the Convention on Nuclear Safety in 2010, Indonesia’s approval of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 2011, and Cambodia’s participation in the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and Convention on Nuclear Safety in 2010.
Based on the above outcomes, ASEAN Foreign Ministers agreed to continue implementing the Plan of Action until 2017.
The SEANWFZ Treaty is an ASEAN’s important tool to maintain peace, security and nuclear weapon-free status in the region. Other political-security tools include the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
On the same day, ASEAN Foreign Ministers met with representatives of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).