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Declaration of the Fifth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting
Posted: June-23-2008Adjust font size:

Beijing, 18-20 June 2008

1. The Fifth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP V) was held in Beijing, China on 18-20 June 2008. Parliamentarians from ASEM partners and the European Parliament attended the Meeting at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China. This was the first ASEP meeting after the second round of ASEM enlargement that increased ASEP membership to 43 (See list of delegates in Annex).

2. Chairman Wu Bangguo inaugurated the Meeting and extended a warm welcome to all delegates. He pointed out in his welcoming remarks that to strengthen Asia-Europe cooperation and promote common development is an issue of mutual interest to people of all countries in Asia and Europe. Dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe is in the fundamental interest of the two sides and conducive to peace, development and cooperation of the whole world.

3. The Meeting welcomed new members, namely the parliaments of Bulgaria, India, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Romania, believing that their participation will make ASEP more representative and dynamic.

4. ASEP parliamentarians expressed deep sympathies over the casualties and property losses incurred in the recent natural disasters in Myanmar, China and Japan, and extended condolences to the bereaved. They expressed the hope that life in the affected areas will be brought back to normal at an early date.

5. ASEP parliamentarians expressed their commitment to peace, stability and prosperity in their respective regions. They expressed their full support for the efforts for political stabilization in the Western Balkans and for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

6. ASEP parliamentarians recalled the previous four Meetings in Strasbourg (1996), Manila (2002), Hue City (2004) and Helsinki (2006), and held comprehensive, in-depth and fruitful discussions on issues of common concern and interest.

Source: Lydia
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