For Washington in particular signing the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation, albeit with some opt out clauses, and taking a seat at the EAS table was a key part of President Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia.
"Turkey aims at developing bilateral relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region whose importance in international politics, in global economic and commercial terms is increasing as well as improving institutional cooperation with the regional cooperation organizations," the ministry said in the statement, adding, "To this end, Turkey became a party to the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in 2010 as the first step to develop our institutional relations with the ASEAN, which occupies a pivotal position in Southeastern Asia."
Prime Minister Helen Clark was quick to embrace the opportunity, enthusiastically signing the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation even while her Australian counterpart hesitated.
This praxis matches well with the stipulations of the ASEAN Declaration from 1967 (http:// www.aseansec.org/1212.htm) and the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation from 1976 (http://www.aseansec.org/1217.htm).
The agreed elements establish a dispute resolution mechanism that first uses the High Council of the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation (to which China has acceded).Failing that, the dispute settlement mechanisms of international law, including the 1982 U.N.
accession to the ASEAN Treaty
of Amity and Cooperation, and the establishment of a diplomatic mission to ASEAN, laid the foundation for enhanced cooperation.