6 more countries join the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation
Phnom Penh, August 3 (SocialNews.XYZ) Six more countries on Wednesday signed the instrument of accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), bringing the number of states party to the ASEAN treaty to 49.
Representatives of Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates signed the instrument of accession to the treaty on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (55th WMA) in Phnom Penh in the presence of ASEAN foreign ministers, Xinhua news agency reported.
Speaking at the event, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who chairs the 55th AMM, said Cambodia was honored to host the signing ceremony, during which six other countries joined the TAC at the same time.
To date, 49 countries have joined the TAC, he said.
“Such a remarkable number of parties attest to the reconnection of the importance of the TAC in terms of its fundamental objectives and principles of promoting friendly multilateral cooperation and peaceful coexistence,” Sokhonn said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all adhering parties to do their utmost to deepen their friendly ties and mutually beneficial cooperation with ASEAN as an organization as well as with each ASEAN member state,” he said. he added.
The TAC is a peace treaty signed in 1976 between ASEAN member states to establish a set of guidelines to govern state-to-state relations in the region, promote perpetual peace, everlasting friendship and cooperation based on respect mutual agreement, the principle of non-interference and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
China is the first major country outside ASEAN to join the treaty in 2003.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.