ASEAN- Related SOM Meetings in Surabaya
Various ASEAN-related Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs) were held in Surabaya, Province of East Java, Indonesia, 9-11 June 2011. Senior officials from member countries of various ASEAN-related fora gathered in order to prepare for ministerial-level meetings that are scheduled in July, and participated in the following meetings.
1. ASEAN +3 SOM (9 June, 2011)
Representatives of senior officials from 10 ASEAN member states as well as Japan, China and Republic of Korea (the leader of each country delegation is called SOM Leader) attended the ASEAN +3 SOM to review the progress after the last ASEAN+3 Summit in October 2010 and to discuss the future directions of ASEAN+3 cooperation. Japan also briefed the summary of the Japan-China-ROK Summit held on 21-22 May in Japan. Japan was represented by H.E. Mr. Takio Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, who served as the Chair of the 3 countries of Japan, China and ROK, and also a co-chair with Indonesia.
2. East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM (9 June 2011)
This year the EAS has two new members, the United States and Russia, and has become a forum of 18 member states. In the SOM, the progress after the 5th EAS was reported, and the results of the Special ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on EAS held on 11 April in Bangkok were also briefed. The Meeting also exchanged the views on EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July and EAS in November. Japan was represented by its SOM Leader, Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) SOM (10 June 2011)
In the ARF SOM, the result of the AFR Defence Officials’ Dialogue, which was held in Surabaya on 7 June, as well as that of ARF Security Policy Conference on 8 June in Surabaya, were reported. In addition, the officials exchanged their views on regional and international issues, reported on various activities for confidence building measures and preventive diplomacy implemented under the framework of ARF, and discussed the future direction of the ARF. Japan was represented by its SOM Leader, Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
|East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM |
(9 June 2011)
|ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) Plus Three Meeting |
(10 June 2011)
4. ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) Plus Three Meeting (10 June 2011)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives, which consists of 10 Permanent Representatives to ASEAN from ASEAN member states, and Ambassadors to ASEAN from Japan, China an d Republic of Korea held a meeting. Following the discussion in the ASEAN +3 SOM on the previous day, they further discussed specific cooperation issues including the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Fund. Japan was represented by H.E. Mr. Takio Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, who served as the Chair of the 3 countries of Japan, China and ROK, and also as a co-chair with Indonesia.
5. Japan –Mekong SOM (11 June)
Japan and five countries in the Mekong River Region, namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, held a meeting in order to prepare for the 3rd Japan-Mekong Summit. Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, Deputy Director-General of Asian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired the Meeting.