One Community, Everyone’s Destinity
Last week, it was the most busy week for people living in Phnom Penh and also Siem Reap. Foreign Ministers from 27 countries; 10 from ASEAN, from the US, Russia, from Europe, Japan, China, Korea, India, Australia, Canada, Pakistan etc coming to participate in the 45th Minister Meeting (AMM) and other forum between ASEAN and other nations in the Asia-Pacific region and some parts of the world.
Most observers focused particularly on the dispute in the South China Sea and the possible outcome. It was also big pressure for the Chair, this time Cambodia, from China and other ASEAN nations, who have dispute on those islands (natural resources rich) in the South China Sea. The excellent article below illustrates how national interest dominates the interest of a block of nations. It remains to be seen, how it will be settled in the future. Foreign Minister of Indonesia will come to Cambodia again tomorrow and visit other ASEAN nations to hammer out the possible agreement for next Summit Meeting in November 2012. Brunei and Myanmar will chair ASEAN in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Motto of ASEAN meeting in Phnom Penh was proudly presented as “One Community, One Destiny”. After the failed FM meeting the motto becomes “One Community, Everyone’s Destiny”. ASEAN failed to issue a joint statement for the first time of its history.