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Monday, August 03, 2009

Indonesia should abide by ASEAN Charter :observer

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Begi Hersutanto opined that Indonesia should abide by the Asean Charter because it has good effect on the country`s legal and political development.

"As one of the ASEAN member countries and signatory of the Asean Charter, Indonesia has to abide by the Charter," the official said.

Hersutanto said further that since the Asean Charter was signed by the Asean heads of government/state on December 2007, it had improved the ties among the member countries in legal affairs.

"Thus, Indonesia should abide by the Asean Charter both legally and politically," he said in observance of the Asean anniversary which falls on August 8.

According to him, the Asean Charter also brought about a significant improvement in international law as well as regional affairs.

Regarding the Asean Charter, several homeworks of the grouping should be completed, among others the border area problem either in the sea or on land, Hersutanto said.

The border area problem should be immediately settled, the official disclosed.
Asean groups Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam was established on August 8, 1967. (*)
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