Chairman's Statement of the 20th ASEAN Regional Forum

2 July 2013
Bandar Seri Begawan,Brunei Darussalam


The 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) was held in Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam, on 2 July 2013. The Meeting was chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam.


2.   The Meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers and Representatives of all ARF participants.The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.


3.   The Ministers welcomed the launching of the ASEAN Regional Forumat Twenty: Promoting Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific – A Commemorative Publication for the 20thARF. In this connection, the Ministers expressed appreciation to Brunei Darussalam and China for their efforts ininitiating and co-editing the publication to mar this significant milestone.


4.   The Ministers reiterated the importance of the ARF as a primary forum for dialogue and cooperation on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. They reaffirmed their support for ASEAN as the main driving force of the ARF, as well as acknowledged the crucial contribution the ARF plays in the evolving regional security architecture.


5.   The Ministers encouraged the continued cooperation and contribution of all the ARF participants in taking the ARF process forward to the next stage of its evolution at a pace comfortable to all. In this regard, they underscored the need to continue implementing the Hanoi Plan of Action to Implement the ARF Vision Statement 2020 and all other current worplans in a consistent and comprehensive manner. The Ministers also emphasized the importance of implementing the Preventive Diplomacy Work Plan, which aims to move the ARF process forward from Stage I to Stage II on the basis of consensus, through action- oriented cooperation and activities, while continuing confidence-building measures.

The Chairman’s Statement also encompasses the following headings:


  • Highlights ofDiscussions on Regional and International Issues
  • Review ofActivities of the CurrentInter-Sessional Year (2012-2013)
  • Programme ofWorkfor the Inter-SessionalYear (2013-2014)
  • Future Directionof the ARF Process

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