Key world leaders including re-elected U.S. President Barack
Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao along with estimated 1,700 foreign
media persons are arriving for the ASEAN summits with the expectation of
strengthening ties, officials said in Phnom Penh on Friday.
21st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related
Summits will be held from Nov. 18-20 at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,
the capital of Cambodia.
The events will bring together all
ASEAN leaders and ASEAN's dialogue country leaders including U.S.
President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, South Korean
President Lee Myung-bak, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a notable absentee from the conference.
The host of world leaders is expected to discuss economic and political issues during the three days.
will also be several agreements to be signed between the host country
and China during Prime Minister Wen's visit, Cambodian government
spokesman and Information Minister Khieu Kanharith told media.
integration, economic and financial issues, regional security, among
others, will be on top agenda in the forthcoming summit.
the main highlights of the meeting will undoubtedly be the adoption of a
human rights declaration aimed at fighting torture and illegal arrests
in a region notorious for violations, despite criticism that the pact
falls short of international standards.
ASEAN leaders are
scheduled to formally adopt the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration on
Sunday, according to Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong.
"This is the first time ASEAN has had this declaration and I think it is
a good move," he told media adding, "in the future in case it is
necessary, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights can
hold more meetings with civil society to improve the current
Signing the ASEAN Agreement on Movement of Natural
Persons and the launch of negotiating for a comprehensive regional
economic partnership will also take place.
The launching of the
ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation together with ASEAN
Regional Demining Centre will address common concerns among the members.
Global financial issues and pushing the agenda on ASEAN's
connectivity goal to be a European Union-like bloc by 2015 will also top
The large number of international media expected to
cover the meeting is an indication of world attention. The Cambodian
government has worked hard to provide the necessary infrastructure with
banks of computers and tents prepared for the media.