Major powers are obstacles to Asian integration: APA chief
Asian Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Mohammad Nejad-Hosseinian says the major powers are obstacles in the way of Asian integration, Tehran Times reported.
At a press conference in Tehran on Sunday, Nejad-Hosseinian said the major powers are trying to prevent East Asia from joining the Pacific to prevent the integration of the continent.
They also want war and bloodshed in the Middle East in order to place the countries of the region under their domination, he stated.
He noted that Asian integration can play an effective role in resolving regional problems.
He went on to say that defining juridical-managerial strategies and approaches to serve Asian countries' interests will promote the integration of Asian states.
The APA plans to establish an Asian parliament, but in light of the cultural and political diversity of Asia, the establishment of an Asian parliament will not be an easy process and will require serious efforts, the APA secretary general observed.
The APA was established in 2006 at the Seventh Session of the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace (AAPP). The APA is comprised of 41 member parliaments and 17 observers. The APA Charter and the Tehran Declaration lay out a framework of cooperation among Asian countries with a vision of Asian integration.