sian political leaders on Sunday proposed
creating a community called "Asian Union" in a concluding
statement at the fourth general assembly of the International
Conference for Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
Four hundred representatives from 90
political parties in 36 Asian countries adopted the Seoul
Declaration from the three-day conference, which included not
only the establishment of the Asian Union but also a joint
campaign to fight terrorism, poverty and weapons of mass
Also in the declaration were calls to ease
tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to resume the six-way talks
aimed at resolving the North Korea nuclear problem.
Parties included the Bangladesh Awami League,
Indian National Congress, Chinese Communist Party, United Russia
Party, Thai Rak Thai Party, the National Peoples Coalition of
the Philippines, United Malays National Organization of
Malaysia, and the Vietnamese Communist Party.
Participants also adopted the constitution of
the ICAPP for the first time since its inauguration in September
Rep. Chung Eui-yong of the governing Uri
Party, a standing member of the ICAPP, said the international
conference has been operating without a proper legal basis but
that the constitution would make the meeting a regular
The steering committee of the ICAPP decided
to locate its secretariat in Seoul until the venue for the next
general assembly is finalized.
Rep. Kim Hyong-o, floor leader of the main
opposition Grand National Party, said in a closing ceremony,
``Not only nations concerned but also neighboring countries must
seek solutions through cooperation in order to overcome threats
in the region.’’
Kim further said that all political leaders
agreed to exert every effort to make a regional community in
Asia for peace and prosperity despite each nation’s difference.
Jose de Venecia, speaker of the House of
Representatives of the Philippines, who established the ICAPP,
said that the Seoul meeting was a landmark as it paved the way
to achieve peace in Asia.