ASEAN looks to a united community: new Sec. Gen.

(VOV) - The newly-appointed ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh says the primary task in his five-year term is to realise the grouping’s goal of building a united, strong ASEAN community by 2015.

Deputy Foreign Minister Minh told the media on the sidelines of the recent 21st ASEAN summit in Cambodia that he will effectively lead, manage, and monitor the operation of the ASEAN Secretariat in implementing the grouping’s major plans of action.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Le Luong Minh (L) made active contributions to UN operations

He said priority will be given to speeding up the establishment of a close-knit ASEAN community on schedule, including implementing the master plan on ASEAN Connectivity, and the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and Narrowing the Development Gap, in order to achieve the long-term and sustainable development of each member of the association.

To meet these targets, Minh said ASEAN needs a peaceful and stable environment, and the Secretary General needs to speed up the formation and implementation of the code of conduct amidst sea and island disputes in the region.

In that context, it is very important to abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon build the Code of Conduct (COC) so as to maintain peace and eliminate threats to stability in the region, Minh stressed.

He vowed to work hard to effectively implement the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, considering this a major task during his term, starting in January 2013.

Minh was appointed by the leaders of ASEAN member countries at their 21st summit in Cambodia from November 18-20 to succeed incumbent Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan.

He was nominated to the post at the recent 45th ASEAN Ministerial meeting in Cambodia.  

Born in 1952, Minh has a wealth of experience in multilateral diplomacy and in working with big international organisations.

He was well known for his active contributions to settling regional and international issues when Vietnam was a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2008-09 tenure.  

He then worked as the Head of the Permanent Representative Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations and the Vietnamese Representative to the UN Security Council.

Vietnam’s fulfillment of the task left an imprint on the international community, marking the country’s global political integration.