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The independentnewspaper Borneo Bulletin posted on its website on July 1 an article“Joint communiqué issued amid sea row” in which it emphasised thesuccessful adoption of a joint communiqué at the end of AMM-46.
Itquoted His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah who is in his capacityas the meeting’s chairman as saying that “what I hope we can do overthe next three days is look at how we can build on all this progress,stick to the idea of ASEAN centrality, successfully manage our growingrelations with the outside world, find a common approach to everythingthat affects the region, and look forward to a successful ‘life after2015’.”
The newspaper said the association is now entering a new period with growing interest from many countries.
Inan article titled “China agrees to meetings to resolve lingering seadispute”, Borneo Bulletin quoted ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minhwho spoke at the meeting as saying that “China and ASEAN will have aspecial meeting between the foreign ministers, and ASEAN will have aspecial retreat of the foreign ministers to prepare for this meeting.China and ASEAN will also organise the sixth meeting of the ASEAN-Chinasenior officials and the ninth joint working group to discuss in moredetail the issue of how they can engage more effectively in thisconnection to ensure full and effective implementation of theDeclaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DoC) and moving towards thecompletion of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (CoC).”
Mentioningthat the China-ASEAN ties is not affected by the East Sea issue,Borneo Bulletin cited Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China whospoke at a press conference on the sidelines of the AMM-46 as sayingthat “on the basis of the DoC, the Chinese side is prepared to advancethe CoC process in the course of implementing the DoC in a step-by-stepmanner on the basis of consensus.”
“In other words, the DoCand CoC should not be divided, nor can they be divided. This is becausethe truth is that the CoC is a product that has grown out of the DoC,”Wang Yi said.
Borneo Bulletin also quoted Thailand’s DeputyPrime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, SurapongTovichakchaikul, at the press conference, as saying that “thenegotiations on the CoC and the East Sea, of course, will take time,patience and prudence. This is because we have to take intoconsideration the concerns and interest of all the parties, particularlyin maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region.”
“However,I’m confident that with the strong determination of all sides, thenegotiation process will not be too long,” the Thai leader said.
Underthe title “ASEAN Plus Three a successful, ‘extremely important’partnership”, the newspaper cited His Royal Highness Prince MohamedBolkiah’s words at the meeting between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and theircounterparts from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea as saying thatthe ASEAN Plus Three has become an extremely important partnershipbetween the countries involved.
“Our work in the Plus Threehas helped our people through many difficult times, such as thefinancial crisis with the Chiang Mai Initiative, the SARS epidemic soonafter that and the setting up of rice reserves,” stated His RoyalHighness.-VNA