Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 12 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and also the rotating chair of ASEAN 2022, said that ASEAN must avoid the fire of war, where there is no winner or loser, but only destruction and loss of people lives.

The premier spoke at the 2022 ASEAN Leadership and Partnership Forum under the theme "Partnerships for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN", held on Monday in Phnom Penh.

“Socio-economic development cannot be achieved, unless there is complete stability and peace. In this sense, ASEAN must avoid the fire of war, where there is no winner or loser, but only destruction and loss of people lives,” the premier underscored.

For the forum today, Samdech would like to encourage frank discussions in the spirit of mutual understanding, in order to achieve real fruitful results, and show the world our commitment to continue to strengthen ASEAN Leadership and Partnership amid turmoil and decline in mutual trust, by using peaceful dialogues as a problem-solving mechanism.

“Cambodia, as a country that had experienced many bitter histories because of wars, would like to mist that peaceful settlements of disputes, in a spirit of mutual understanding, and the setting of the well-being of the people as a top priority are win-win policies, leading to true peace and prosperity,” the premier continued.

As the chair of ASEAN in 2022, Cambodia has been actively involved in expanding and strengthening cooperation and partnership in all forms and fields, including socio-economy, trade, investment and politics with friendly countries, development partners and international communities, in both national and regional frameworks, particularly, by organizing dialogues with participation from all stakeholders.

Cambodia wants to see the ASEAN region as well as the whole world having true sustainable and inclusive peace, stability and prosperity, with respect for the sovereignty of each country, compliance with international laws, especially the United Nations Charter, and adherence to multilateral mechanisms that are based on dialogues with participation from stakeholders and joint efforts to address challenges in a peaceful, open, understanding and patient manner.