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ASEAN Foundation and an Informal Brainstorming Session in Phnom Penh

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The executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono was invited by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue to participate in an informal brainstorming session in Phnom Penh on February 20, 2012 in the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh. The brainstorming session was organized jointly by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) to generate suggestions from practitioners and experts from the ASEAN region on the modalities of the ASEAN Peace and Reconciliation Institute (AIPR). Dr. Makarim Wibisono was invited to preside over the afternoon session.

The establishment of the AIPR was agreed to by ASEAN Heads of State at the 18th ASEAN Summit in May 2011. The 19th ASEAN Summit in November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia tasked Foreign Ministers to finalize the modalities of the AIPR. The current aim is to finalize the modalities by the 20th ASEAN Summit in April 2012 and launch the AIPR during the course of the year. In this context, the outcomes and suggestions produced from the brainstorming session in Phnom Penh will help inform official deliberation on this subject. The Working Group of AIPR created by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers will meet in Hanoi in March 2012 to finalize the draft of term of reference of AIPR for the consideration of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers. In this regard, recommendations formulated in the brainstorming session will be the relevant input to the work of the working group.

The brainstorming session was participated by officials from ASEAN member states, ASEAN Secretariat officials and experts from think-tanks and universities in the ASEAN region such as Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn (Thailand), Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (Philippines), Dr. Tang Siew Mun (Malaysia), HE. Dr. Sompong Sanguanbun (Thailand), H. E. Mr. Nguyen Duy Hung (Vietnam), Prof. Kamarulzaman Askandar (Malaysia), Ms. L. Ja Nan (Myanmar) and Ms. Ishikawa Sachiko (JICA). The session officially opened by HRH Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Chairman of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). In his remark, Prince Sirivudh welcomed all participants and expressed his hope for a productive and meaningful meeting in Phnom Penh.

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