NAY PYI TAW, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday reiterated their continued commitment to the realization of ASEAN Community by 2015 and beyond.
They pledged their commitment in the joint communique issued on the final day of their 47th annual meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, chaired by Myanmar.
While highlighting progress that has been made, they also called for more enhanced efforts in political and security cooperation.
The foreign ministers reaffirmed their commitment to preserving Southeast Asia as a nuclear weapon-free zone and free of all other weapons of mass destruction as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter.
They also reiterated their commitment to working closely with the nuclear weapon states on the early signing and ratification of the Protocol to the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-free Zone Treaty, and exploring ways to formalize relations between ASEAN and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The foreign ministers agreed to consider new applications in accordance with the Revised Guidelines for Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.
The three-day meeting was held from Friday to Sunday under the theme "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community."
ASEAN comprises ten member countries -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.