4.10.2007

WELCOME BY MR VAN DER LINDEN,

PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY
TO MR AGUNG LAKSONO,

NEXT PRESIDENT-IN-OFFICE OF THE ASIAN PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

(Strasbourg, Thursday 4 October 2007)


Dear Chairman,

I am very pleased to welcome you to our chamber today.

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly, of which you will be President next year, is an important initiative designed to enhance regional stability and the prospects of integration in various fields.

As such, this Parliamentary Assembly is proud that you have chosen our model for your own activities and we are glad to have been of assistance in establishing your assembly.

Your presence here today underlines our willingness to continue this close cooperation, based on a shared commitment to democratic development.

In a globalizing world where we are brought closer by the day, it is important that we establish a network of relations between parliamentarians around the world as a counterweight to the governmental authority expressed through international organizations.

I therefore very much look forward to hearing more about the activities and aspirations of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly.

Mr Laksono, the floor is yours.