Sun, Nov 25, 2007 - Page 3 News List

MOFA lauds goals in ASEAN Charter

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Taiwan welcomes the signing of ASEAN's landmark Charter, which will serve as a legal framework and inspiration in facing future challenges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday.

The Charter was inked by the heads of state or government leaders of the 10 ASEAN member countries at the organization's 13th summit in Singapore on Tuesday.

In its statement, MOFA said Taiwan was glad to see ASEAN members reach a consensus in many areas to narrow the development gap and advance regional integration.

The ministry praised the goals written in ASEAN's Charter on promoting the values of democracy, freedom and human rights, adding that it recognizes ASEAN's efforts in pushing for the democratization of Myanmar, a member of the organization.

Moreover, the ministry said Taiwan is a very important partner of ASEAN countries, as it had made great efforts in safeguarding the values of freedom, democracy and human rights and had established close relations with Southeast Asian countries through frequent economic and cultural cooperation.

The government of Taiwan wanted to continue cooperating with ASEAN on important issues in order to further boost regional peace and stable economic development, the ministry said.

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