Phnom Penh, Cambodia
20 November 2012
The ASEAN leaders brought the 21st ASEAN Summit to a close after they have agreed to sign, adopt, and note different outcome documents including the Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), the ASEAN Leaders’ Joint Statement on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, the Concept Paper on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), the Bali Concord III Plan of Action (2013-2017), and also launched the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.
ASEAN Chair Samdech Techo Hun Sen said in a statement that the leaders also noted the report of the Secretary General of ASEAN on the progress of the implementation of the ASEAN Charter and Roadmap for an ASEAN Community which highlighted ASEAN’s progress, opportunities and challenges in its community building and integration process.
On the regional and international issues, especially on the South China Sea, the ASEAN leaders underlined the importance of the Declaration of Conduct and the ASEAN’s Six-Point Principles to promote peace, stability and mutual trust in the South China Sea.
At the end of the closing ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen handed over the symbolic gavel of ASEAN Chairmanship to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Head of State of Brunei Darussalam, as the rotation Chair of ASEAN next year.