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ASEAN FMs hold informal talks in NY

 NEW YORK, Sept 27 -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held an informal talks in New York, as Foreign Affairs Minister Gen Tanasak  Patimapragon stressed that the Thai government is determined to cooperate with fellow members in implementing ASEAN Community (AC) in 2015.
The informal talks, held on Friday and chaired by Myanmar Foreign Affairs Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, saw Gen Tanasak informing ASEAN foreign ministers that the Thai government realised the significance of ASEAN member countries' cooperation towards global issues and within the UN context.
The issues include sustainable development, disaster management, and tackling transnational crime, including illicit drugs and human trafficking.
They also exchanged ideas on developmental issues after the AEC is implemented and on benefits which would be obtained by people living in the region, such as public health services.
Gen Tanasak thanked his counterparts from other ASEAN member countries for their support for Thailand in applying for a non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 term.
The informal talks by the ASEAN foreign ministers were held on the sidelines while they were attending the UN General Assembly annual meeting in New York.

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