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ASEAN chiefs work closely on security issues

Update: May, 08/2013 - 09:47

ASEAN defence ministers yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to work closely to address emerging security challenges, such as cyber security, potential communicable diseases and climate change.—Photo vov

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (VNS)— ASEAN defence ministers yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to work closely to address emerging security challenges, such as cyber security, potential communicable diseases and climate change.

A press statement, issued yesterday following the 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) in Brunei, said ASEAN fully supported the inaugural ADMM-PLUS Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise to be held in Brunei as landmark co-operation among the defence forces of the ADMM-PLUS members states.

ASEAN defence chiefs also adopted four concept papers namely:

- Establishing ASEAN defense interaction programmes

- The establishment of logistics support framework

- The establishment of the ADMM-PLUS experts' working group on humanitarian mine action

- The transition of the ADMM-PLUS experts' working group co-chairmanship In the Joint Declaration of the ASEAN Defence Ministers, they reaffirmed their commitment to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh attended the meeting.

He said ASEAN needed to strengthen solidarity and co-operation for common prosperity, focusing on co-operation with China and the US, the two biggest economic powers in the world, which had influence on regional security.

He also reaffirmed Viet Nam's stand of resolving disputes by peaceful measures, respecting international laws.

The defence ministers also expressed support for their "leaders' commitment at the 22nd ASEAN Summit for ASEAN to work actively with China towards the early conclusion of a code of conduct (COC) in the East Sea to promote peace and stability".

The theme of the 7th ADMM is "Securing Our People, Our Future Together".

The ADMM is the highest defence mechanism in ASEAN which provides a platform for strategic dialogue and practical co-operation. It aims to promote mutual trust and confidence through greater understanding of defence and security challenges as well as enhancement of transparency and openness.

ASEAN groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam.— Agencies



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