“The host country agreement sends an important message to the world about the importance that ASEAN member states attach to ASEAN. The agreement demonstrates the important role played by the Indonesian government in welcoming and facilitating the work of ASEAN and the ASEAN secretariat. “We very much appreciate the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. In this regard, we welcome the conclusion and signing of this important agreement,” said Dr Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary General, after signing it. The host country agreement is the main legal instrument that embodies Indonesia`s ongoing commitment and support for ASEAN as host of the ASEAN secretariat in Jakarta. It establishes the obligations and responsibilities of the parties, as well as the privileges and immunities granted by the Indonesian government to ASEAN, including the secretariat, to enable it to effectively carry out its functions and operations. ASEAN-IPR stands ready to maintain peace and reconciliation in the S.E. region. Dr. R.M Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and H.E.
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN, yesterday signed the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and ASEAN on the admission and granting of privileges and exemptions to the ASEAN secretariat (Home Country Agreement). ASEAN foreign ministers, ASEAN permanent representatives, SOMALI heads of state and government, delegates and officials from the ASEAN secretariat, who attended the 20th ASEAN Summit and meetings there, attended. The Turkish ambassador in Jakarta was accredited to ASEAN the same year. 2. Any party may denounce this agreement by communicating in writing at least six (6) months of its intention to denounce this agreement.” At the 18th ASEAN Summit on 8 May 2011, ASEAN heads of state and government adopted a joint declaration on the establishment of an ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The ASEAN-IPR mandate (TOR) was adopted at the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers` Meeting (MSA) in July 2012 and launched on 18 November 2012 by ASEAN heads of state and government at the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. ASEAN IPRs were initiated by Indonesia during its presidency in 2011.
The Institute is an ASEAN unit specializing in research activities on peace, conflict management and reconciliation, which has stakeholder capacity-building activities and becomes a network centre between research institutes in the region. ASEAN IPRs should propose/recommend a comprehensive solution to peace and reconciliation in the ASEAN region in the future. It is not possible for countries outside the region to become members of ASEAN.