Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established August 8, 1967, in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined January 8, 1984, Vietnam on July 28, 1995, Laos and Myanmar on July 23, 1997, and Cambodia on April 30, 1999. 
"The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are: (i) to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian nations, and (ii) to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter." 
The ASEAN Secretariat
70A, Jalan Sisingamangaraja
Tel : (6221) 7262991, 7243372
Fax : (6221) 7398234, 7243504
Email : public AT aseansec.org
- Chairman's Statement of the First East Asia Summit, Kuala Lumpur, December 14, 2005, ASEAN, December 14, 2005.
- Edward Cody, "Asian Leaders Agree to New 16-Nation Association. Group is Seen as Part of Region's Effort to Develop Stronger Voice in World Affairs," Washington Post, December 14, 2005: "The 16-nation association, which will hold annual summit conferences, significantly widened the traditional circle of cooperation among Asian nations represented by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a sister group, ASEAN Plus Three, including China, Japan and South Korea."