Chuan Leekpai, President of the National Assembly of Thailand (Photo: VNA)
- Chuan Leekpai, President of the
National Assembly of Thailand, has expressed his firm belief that the ongoing
41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly
(AIPA-41) will be the most successful under the host of Vietnam.
In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s
reporters in Bangkok, Chuan Leekpai extended his deepest appreciation to
Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan for the
success in her tenure as the AIPA Chair.
“Ngan has shown her tireless efforts, wise counsel and
perseverance,” he said, stressing that in the past year, the achievement of all
AIPA activities would not have been possible without the Vietnamese top
legislator at the helm.
To illustrate, he said, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed the global
health security threat to humanity throughout the region. In the most difficult
moment, the Vietnamese legislature has made every effort not only to deal with
the spread of COVID-19 but also to hold three significant AIPA conferences.
Highlighting the great success of these meetings in times of the
global health crisis, Chuan Leekpai said all the success of AIPA would not have
been possible without excellent management by the AIPA staff of the Vietnamese
He suggested AIPA-41 focus its agenda on how to promote
parliamentary diplomacy among the countries in the region as a complementary
tool to move the community forward to achieve sustainable development in all
areas, in line with the event’s theme of “Parliamentary Diplomacy for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community”.
According to the Thai legislator, AIPA has demonstrated its role
as a key parliamentary organisation for the deliberation of regional issues,
which illustrates vividly the power of parliamentary diplomacy in ASEAN. This
goes in line with the global trend of international parliamentary diplomacy by
the Inter-Parliamentary Union, he said.
He stressed it is necessary to reaffirm the role and the support
of ASEAN parliaments in the ASEAN community building process and also emphasize
the significance of parliamentary diplomacy for peace, security and stability
amidst rapid and complex developments in regional and global situations to
reinforce ASEAN’s centrality in regional and world affairs.
Chuan Leekpai said he believes that all AIPA members are willing
to exchange experience or best practices with the floor in order to strengthen
the connectivity as well as mutual understanding within the region.
Asked about Thailand’s message to the meeting, he said Thailand
would like to exchange ideas with AIPA colleagues on how to tackle the
difficulties during the pandemic.
According to the Thai top legislator, members of parliaments
should stay connected to the people in order to get to know what they want and
find the way to respond to those matters properly.
He said within the region, a closer inter-parliamentary
cooperation is necessary; exchanging new-normal knowledge or best practices to
cope with any difficulties in the period of pandemic should be promoted.
ASEAN unity could be essentially strengthened through the harmonisation
of laws of the member states, he said./.