|"Stronger constructive co-operation was needed to turn the waters in the ASEAN region into an area of peace, security, safety and co-operation in the face of traditional and emerging challenges."— File Photo
KUALA LUMPUR (VNS)— Stronger constructive co-operation was needed to turn the waters in the ASEAN region into an area of peace, security, safety and co-operation in the face of traditional and emerging challenges.
Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh made the statement at the fourth ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) and the second Expanded AMF that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which ended yesterday.
Vinh said the move was part of efforts to successfully realise the ASEAN Community by 2015.
He noted regional countries' stringent compliance of adopted principles and common agreements, such as the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation in Southeast Asia (TAC), the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Sharing the same view with the Vietnamese official, many delegates said that maritime co-operation within the grouping and with its partners was crucial to building trust and a peaceful and stable environment, making it easier for regional economic development and trade activities.
Constructive dialogue should take place to safeguard peace, navigation safety and freedom, and to peacefully settle disputes in line with international law, especially the UNCLOS.
They promised to enhance information sharing and co-ordination, and work closely with ASEAN maritime co-operation agencies. — VNS