May 7. Convening their 7th meeting since the ADMM was established in 2006, the defense ministers of ASEAN adopted initiatives, namely ASEAN Defense Interaction Program and ASEAN Logistics Support Framework, to deepen cooperation among ASEAN’s defense and military establishments. These would complement current projects of the ADMM to include cooperation between ASEAN Defense Establishments and Civil Society Organizations on non-traditional security, ASEAN Peacekeeping Centers Network and ASEAN Defense Industry Collaboration.
They also adopted a mechanism for ensuring a smooth transition of co-chairmanships of the various ADMM-Plus working groups on humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime security, military medicine, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping operations. With the term of the current co-chairs ending in early 2014, a new set of co-chairs would ensure that the momentum of practical cooperation between ASEAN and the Plus countries (Australia, China, India, New Zealand, Russia, and the US) would be sustained. Also agreed was the addition of a working group on Humanitarian Mine Action to deal with unexploded ordnance resulting from past conflicts in Southeast Asia.