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VN to host ASEAN maritime forums

Update: August, 25/2014 - 08:53
Participating countries will discuss the maritime situation and cooperation in the region, review the implementation of initiatives and set future orientations for the AMF and EAMF.— Photo vosco.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The 5th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-5) and the 3rd Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF-3) will be held in the central city of Da Nang from August 26-28.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh, also the head of SOM ASEAN Viet Nam, will lead the Vietnamese delegation to these events.

The forums are expected to bring together representatives from 10 ASEAN member states and eight East Asia Summit (EAS) partners, namely China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the US.

Both events aim to promote the key role of ASEAN in fostering maritime co-operation and build trust in the region, especially in ensuring security and safety of navigation.

AMF-5 and EAMF-3 will also serve as channels for participants to discuss issues related to maritime collaboration, focusing on building trust and ensuring maritime security and safety in the East Sea on the basis of international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and working towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Through such events, the ASEAN community hopes to boost intra-bloc solidarity and take advantage of partner countries' support to realise its priorities.

Participating countries will discuss the maritime situation and cooperation in the region, review the implementation of initiatives and set future orientations for the AMF and EAMF.

The fourth AMF and second EAMF took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2013, during which countries backed the strengthening of co-operation in marine research, disaster response, maritime security connectivity, pirate prevention, environmental protection and search and rescue activities.

They also emphasised the maintenance of constructive dialogue to ensure security, safety and freedom of navigation, solve disputes on the basis of international law and the 1982 UNCLOS.

Members appreciated the role and contribution of AMF to co-ordinating maritime co-operation activities in the framework of ASEAN.

ASEAN is now operating 11 maritime co-operation mechanisms covering areas such as defence, transnational crime prevention, transport, fisheries, tourism and the environment. — VNS

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