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At the tenth ASEAN summit, ASEAN leaders signed the Vientiane Action Programme, a six-year plan, which is the successor of the Hanoi Plan of Action, to realize the end goal of the ASEAN Vision 2020 and the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II. The Vientiane Action Programme focuses on deepening regional integration and narrowing development gaps within ASEAN, in particular the least developed member countries.
In that connection, ASEAN leaders agreed to establish an ASEAN Development Fund to support the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme and future action programmes. To that end, they called on their Dialogue Partners, other countries and regional and international organizations to support the implementation of the Vientiane Action Programme (see http:// www.aseansec.org/).
I have the further honour to submit a copy of the press statement issued by the Chairman of the tenth ASEAN summit and its related summit meetings on 30 November 2004 (see annex). I would like to kindly request that the present letter and its annex be circulated as documents of the General Assembly under the agenda items entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of South-East Asian Nations” and “Culture of peace”.