An Ambassador’s Corner Commentary
As 2022 ASEAN Chair, Cambodia has an opportunity to promote meaningful dialogue on key issues for ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific
Thirty years ago, this October, the signing of the historic Paris Peace Agreements brought an end to decades of conflict in Cambodia. In addition to the United States and the rest of the UN Security Council Permanent Five, signatories included all six then-members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); future ASEAN members Vietnam and Laos; Australia, China, India, and Japan; and Cambodia. Soon after, the international community mobilized the largest peacekeeping mission ever assembled to implement the Agreements. The peace held — due to the efforts of international partners and the resilience of the Cambodian people — and Cambodia has prospered. Signifying its regional integration, Cambodia was admitted to ASEAN in 1999. Next year, the Kingdom will Chair ASEAN for the third time.