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ADDRESS BY
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
PRINCE HAJI AL-MUHTADEE BILLAH
IBNI HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH
MU'IZZADDIN WADDAULAH
THE CROWN PRINCE AND SENIOR MINISTER
AT THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE OF
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
 
AT THE 67TH SESSION OF THE
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
 
NEW YORK, 27 SEPTEMBER 2012
 
Theme:
"BRINGING ABOUT ADJUSTMENT OR SETTTLEMENT OF
INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES OR SITUATIONS
BY PEACEFUL MEANS"
 
 
Mr. President,
Secretary-General,
Your Excellencies,
 
On behalf of His Majesty the Sultan and the People of Brunei Darussalam, I would like to congratulate our new President, His Excellency Vuk Jeremic on his election and wish him much success in the coming year.
 
We would also like to express our appreciation to our outgoing President, His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser for his dedication to the work of our organisation.
 
We especially thank him for his efforts to encourage us all to meet successfully the considerable challenges now being posed by twenty-first century life.
 
At the same time, we would also like to thank Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his constant willingness to apply the core values of the United Nations directly whenever he has been asked to act on our behalf.
 
We particulary welcome the five-year action agenda he has set out and the common vision it offers us.
 
At its heart, this vision is of tolerance, respect and understanding between nations.
 
Sadly, over the last two weeks, we have witnesssed events that present a veyrdifficult vision.
 
In considering them, Brunei Darussalam has stated its unreserved condemnation of their cause.
 
We have equally strongly advised all our people, of our Government's absolute rejection of the violence and extremism that have been their  result.
 
Here at the United Nations, we congratulate the Secretary-General on his statement about the matter.
 
In doing so, we reaffirm our commitment to universal values of tolerance and respect.
 
Similarly, we uphold the institutions, structures and due processes of international affairs  that this great organisation embodies.
 
Mr. President,
 
Turning now to the theme for this year's General Debate.
 
The key word is "Adjustment."
 
I think it is well-chosen. It suggests change that is carefully and gradually done. It does not invite confrontation.
 
For us in Brunei Darussalam, it matches the main purpose of this annual meeting.
 
We see it as an opportunity to express our satisfaction and our concern about how successfully the United Nations is managing the process of globalisation that we have nationally embraced.
 
In other words. are we satisfied with things as they are?
 
Or do we see a need for some "adjustment?"
 
In answering these questions, Mr. President, we would like to start by expressing considerable satisfaction with many aspects of the organisation's work.
 
The media constantly headline the supposed  defects,  failures and setbacks of the United Nations.
 
But, beneath all this, we observe an enormous contribution by the United Nations to the welfare of future generations.
 
I would therefore like to express our deep satisfaction witht he work of our United Nations agencies and International Bodies.
 
We believe they are providing us with the opportunity to move out of nineteenth century colonialism and twentieth century national interests.
 
In the spirit of our theme here, they are helping us to "adjust" to twenty-first century regionalism and eventually, we hope, success globalism.
 
I would therefore like to suggest three particular areas we find especially important.
 
In each, we believe the United Nations is helping create a world in which the people it represents can look to a better future. One of hope rather than anguish, confidence instead of fear, and trust in the place of despair.
 
The first of these is the difficult long-term work being done on sustainable development.
 
We were impressed by the results of the Rio+20 Conference this June. It built on 20 years of effort. Sustainable Development is now far more than an academic topic. It is firmly part of the United Nations long-term development goals.
 
Work has moved from theory into many practical ideas, projects and activities.
 
The second areas is covered in the Report on the on-going efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. We especially noted the following statements by the Secretary-General in his foreword:-
 
-  The target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 dealine;
-  The target has been achieved on halving the proportion of people who has lack dependable access to improved sources of drinking water;
-  The conditions for more than 200 million people living in slums have been greatly improved;
-  The primary school enrolment of girls has equally that of boys; and
-  There is accelerating progress in reducing child and maternal mortality.
 
We are especially encouraged by his conclusion that the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 is challenging but possible.
 
The third area is the sum of the continued efforts by the United Nations agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF and the FAO.
 
They are operating in up to 150 countries.
 
Success in these areas mean that our children and granchildren will live in a world where ordinary people and their families have a real chance to live together in hope and confidence.
 
That is the reason for our satisfaction with the work of the United Nations as a global organization.
 
In other words. Mr. President, in terms of the fundamental work of the United Nations, we see no need to undertake what our theme here describes as "adjustment".
 
It is in the structure of the organisation that we see a need for some things to be "adjusted".
 
The reason appears clear to many those of us who are smallboth physically and politically.
 
The current structure appears far too often to be the deep-seated cause of the headline news I referred to.
 
We see it as a twentieth century structure designed to meet twentieth century realities.
 
It is personified int he sixty-four years of suffering by the ordinary people of the Palestine and in all other desperate situations in which the root causes of conflict and confrontation are still buried in that last century.
 
Simply put, Mr. President, this must change.
 
In our global world, we are equally inter-dependent and equally responsible.
 
But, like many other members of this Assembly, we believe that the current structure does not truly reflect this. As such, it needs adjusting so that ancient political fault lines are repaired.
 
The form we hope it will increasingly take, Mr. President, will be like some regions today that operate from a basis of consensus, rather than compromise and confrontation.
 
That is what we have accepted in our own region of Southeast Asia.
 
It is the spirit behind ASEAN's present focus of building a peaceful and mutually respectful community of nations regardless of background, economic resources or national preoccupations.
 
It is why we greatly appreciate the strong support and goodwill that is constantly shown to us by our many partners from outside the region.
 
It is also why we in Brunei Darussalam, the smallest of all the members, feel honoured and privileged to be the ASEAN Chairman next year.
 
It is an association of neighbours who have deliberately chosen to "adjust" their region's previous identity.
 
Until 45 year ago, it was one of the most unstable regions on earth, a confrontation point for the national interests of great powers and a focal point of the Cold War.
 
Now, it has "adjusted".
 
It is determined to operate in the interests of its community of 600 million citizens.
 
And it will continue to do so, not by conflict or confrontation and not by compromising national values, but by peaceful consensus.
 
In the same way, we hope the structure of the United Nations can be gradually and carefully "adjusted".
 
Thank you, Mr. President.
 
 
 
 
10 Sep 2012 - His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, today received farewell calls from two outgoing foreign envoys: Their Excellencies Hirose Noriki of Japan and M. Shameem Ahsan of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, at the Balai Penghadapan, Bukit Kayangan.
 
His Excellency Hirose Noriki has served the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam since November 2009, and His Excellency M. Shameem Ahsan has served as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam since January 2009.

   Brunei      Malaysia


JOINT STATEMENT ON THE
16th ANNUAL LEADERS’ CONSULTATION
 
BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA, 4 SEPTEMBER 2012
 
 
The Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, met in Putrajaya on 4 September 2012 for the 16th Malaysia-Brunei Darussalam Annual Leaders’ Consultation.
 
  1. The Consultation took place in a constructive atmosphere, reflecting the deep rooted special relationship that exists between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. Committed to strengthening this further, both Leaders appraised the on-going cooperation and explored new potential areas for an enhanced partnership that can mutually benefit the peoples of the two countries.

  2. Both Leaders discussed overall bilateral relations, in particular the progress of the implementation of the Exchange of Letters signed by the Leaders of Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam on 16 March 2009 in Bandar Seri Begawan, and welcomed the significant achievements attained since the 15th Annual Leaders’ Consultation held in Bandar Seri Begawan on 12 September 2011.

  3. Both Leaders expressed satisfaction with the continuing developments in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources in the Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA).

  4.  Both Leaders noted the steadfast cooperation and intensified discussions between the national petroleum authorities of the two countries with regard to Brunei Darussalam’s Blocks N and Q, and in downstream industries. The Leaders urged both sides to carry out the proposed collaboration as soon as possible. The Leaders also encouraged the national petroleum authorities to look into ways of embarking on joint undertakings in the States of Sabah and Sarawak, and possibly in third countries.

  5. Recalling their instruction at the 15th Annual Leaders’ Consultation on the financial and operational modalities including the efficient development of straddling fields, the Leaders welcomed the regular and on-going discussion of the Unitisation Joint Working Group and looked forward to the formalisation of an appropriate arrangement on data exchange as soon as possible.

  6. The Leaders were pleased with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Process for the Joint Demarcation and Survey of the Land Boundary and its Terms of Reference on 19 March 2012 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and noted that this had facilitated the joint survey teams to start joint survey works to establish the Control Survey Network. In this context, they instructed the Joint Land Boundary Technical Committee to ensure that the work on the joint demarcation and survey of the land boundary be carried out expeditiously giving priority to the already identified areas.

  7. The Leaders expressed satisfaction with on-going efforts to promote closer economic collaboration between Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam in identified sectors including telecommunication, tourism, halal hub development, as well as agriculture. The Leaders looked forward to the signing of a memorandum of understanding on power connectivity between Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam as well as mutual investments in power projects that will strengthen cooperation on energy security towards the realisation of the greater ASEAN Power Grid.

  8. The Leaders also expressed satisfaction with on-going efforts to intensify economic cooperation between Sabah and Brunei Darussalam, particularly the signing of the Heads of Terms Agreement relating to the Keningau Integrated Livestock Centre between the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) and Annam Corporation on 16 June 2012, and the Memorandum of Understanding relating to ICT Collaboration and Communication Infrastructure between the Government of Brunei Darussalam and the State Government of Sabah on 10 July 2012. The Leaders were encouraged that the collaboration in ICT infrastructure would also contribute to enhancing the implementation of the BIMP-EAGA Rink.

  9. Both Leaders commended the Joint National Committee on the Implementation of the Exchange of Letters for the significant progress achieved thus far and urged the Committee to intensify its efforts in finalising the other elements of the Exchange of Letters currently being deliberated as soon as possible.

  10. Both Leaders also encouraged the Joint National Committee to continue discussions in other matters such as fisheries cooperation that would enhance beneficial collaboration between the two countries.

  11. Both Leaders welcomed the signing of the Agreement between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Brunei Darussalam on Economic Cooperation on 2 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur as an important umbrella instrument for comprehensive economic collaboration between the two countries. The Leaders expressed the hope that this would pave the way for an early finalisation of the proposed agreement on the financial services sector as well as more extensive trade and investment between the two countries.

  12. In addition to welcoming Brunei Darussalam’s participation in Malaysia’s economic corridors in Sabah, Sarawak, Iskandar Malaysia, and the East Coast Economic Region, The Honourable Prime Minister welcomed Brunei Darussalam’s interest to invest in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley Initiatives as well as in the redevelopment initiatives of Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur. In this regard, both Leaders urged the relevant agencies to look into the potential opportunities offered by the initiatives.

  13. The Honourable Prime Minister very much appreciated the interest from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the methodology behind Malaysia's Government and Economic Transformation Programmes (GTP and ETP). His Majesty expressed appreciation to The Honourable Prime Minister for the participation of Malaysian companies in projects under the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and the Brunei Industrial Development Authority (BINA) and encouraged their involvement in other development projects.

  14. Both Leaders also welcomed on-going efforts aimed at enhancing connectivity and cooperation in the field of transportation that could further improve communication and movement of people as well as goods between the two countries. In this regard, the Leaders were pleased with the progress of the construction of the bridge spanning the Pandaruan River, and looked forward to its timely completion and officiating its opening by the next Annual Leaders’ Consultation in 2013.

  15. Both Leaders were also encouraged by on-going initiatives and measures in promoting better access for people-to-people interaction and travel between the two countries. These included the implementation of tourism promotional activities, Frequent Travellers Facility (FTF), ferry services between the Malaysian Federal Territory of Labuan and Muara in Brunei Darussalam, and the designation of MASWings and Royal Brunei Airlines for air services between Sabah, Sarawak, and Bandar Seri Begawan.

  16. Both Leaders expressed pleasure with the on-going cooperation between the Defence Forces of the two countries in promoting regional peace and stability. The Leaders commended the collaboration between the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces under the ambit of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao, the Philippines. The Leaders looked forward to the formalisation of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Embedment of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Element in the Malaysian Contingent to the UNIFIL soon.

  17. Both Leaders acknowledged the importance of greater cooperation in the field of education to promote excellence and best practices in education and learning, as well as friendship and understanding between the peoples of the two countries. The Leaders encouraged education institutions in both countries to further promote exchange and internationalisation programmes, and emphasised the need for the continued implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Higher Education which was signed in 2010, as well as areas already agreed during the First Joint Working Group Meeting on Higher Education on 13 January 2012.

  18. The Honourable Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the continued and consistent participation of Brunei Darussalam in Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) since 1996. Given the importance of closer friendship and understanding between the peoples of both countries through youth and sports activities, the Leaders emphasised the need for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Youth and Sports which was signed in 2011.

  19. Both Leaders expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the 6th Bilateral Ministers of Health Meeting on 26 June 2012 in Bandar Seri Begawan. Both Leaders were pleased with the existing cooperation through the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Health Cooperation of 23 November 2006 which included cross-border transfer of patients, human resource development in health, communicable disease surveillance and control, and non-communicable disease prevention and control, and looked forward to the further enhancement of cooperation in health, including health tourism and the application of ICT in the health sectors of both countries.

  20. Both Leaders expressed happiness on the existing collaboration in media and information and valued the programmes and activities organised by the relevant authorities of both countries in enhancing mutual goodwill and understanding between the peoples of Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

  21. Both Leaders considered the cooperation in the field of ICT as an effective means to promote collaboration in research and development activities between creative industries from Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. The Leaders urged the relevant authorities in both countries to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communication Technology before the next Annual Leaders’ Consultation in 2013.

  22. The Leaders also urged the relevant agencies of both countries to continue discussions in facilitating cross-border trade and ensuring the smooth flow of goods and services. In this regard, both Leaders also instructed them to resolve outstanding issues as soon as possible.

  23. In the spirit of achieving all-encompassing bilateral cooperation, the Leaders urged the relevant authorities of both countries to work towards finalising the documents relating to shipping; agriculture; taxation; and cooperative development as soon as possible.

  24. Both Leaders acknowledged the importance of the exchange of visits between peoples of the two countries at all levels, including members of various branches of government, as well as students, youth and private sector in order to expand and intensify bilateral cooperation towards a comprehensive partnership. The Leaders also supported the various exchange programmes held regularly between the public sectors of both countries as a mechanism to share views and experiences in improving the government delivery system in the interest of the peoples of both countries.

  25. Both Leaders also discussed the proposal for the establishment of the World Zakat Organisation (WZO) to uphold zakat as the third pillar of Islam and religious devotion for the benefit of economic and social development of the Ummah. In this context, The Honourable Prime Minister looked forward to Brunei Darussalam becoming a founding member of the Organisation.

  26. Both Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening ASEAN and the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015. The Leaders looked forward to the convening of the 21st ASEAN Summit and related Summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 2012 and expressed their best wishes to the current Chairman of ASEAN. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam briefed The Honourable Prime Minister on Brunei Darussalam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2013. The Honourable Prime Minister also took the opportunity to express his best wishes and utmost support to His Majesty in view of Brunei Darussalam assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship.

  27. Both Leaders exchanged views on the developments in the South China Sea and welcomed ASEAN’s Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea issued by ASEAN Foreign Ministers on 23 July 2012. The Leaders also agreed that issues relating to the South China Sea should be addressed through peaceful means, including dialogue and consultations amongst the countries concerned, without resorting to the threat or use of force, in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, as well as the universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

  28. Both Leaders welcomed positive developments in Myanmar over the past year and also exchanged views concerning the situation in Rakhine, Myanmar. The Leaders also welcomed the Statement of ASEAN Foreign Ministers on the Recent Developments in the Rakhine State, Myanmar, issued on 17 August 2012.

  29. Both Leaders expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of their meeting, and looked forward to the implementation of the decisions reached for a much strengthened bilateral relationship and cooperation between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.

  30. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia conveyed their warmest greetings to the peoples of both countries on the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1433 Hijrah.

  31. Both Leaders agreed that the 17th Annual Leaders’ Consultation will take place in Brunei Darussalam in 2013.
 
PUTRAJAYA
4 September 2012

9 Aug 2012 - His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, today left for Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where His Royal Highness will attend the Preparatory Meeting for the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the Islamic Summit on the 13th August in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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