Kin Phea, director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that AIPA is a multilateral mechanism for legislators in the region that facilitates discussion and diplomacy but is not a decision making body or one that passes laws like the parliaments in each ASEAN member state.
“We hope that through this assembly there will be many insights offered up that will contribute to finding solutions to regional and global issues. It would also be appropriate to the spirit of multilateralism for the assembly to take up discussion of possible solutions in order to share responsibility for managing the current crises.
“If multilateral diplomacy were to prevail as the global norm for solving problems and sorting out disagreements, then the world might attain peace, stability, prosperity, and the sustainable and inclusive development everyone likes to talk about,” he said.
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