The Foreign Minister told a Vietnam News Agencycorrespondent in an interview that the meetings reviewed and proposedsolutions for the implementation of ASE AN cooperation prioritieswithin the bloc and in external relations, with the focus on keepingASEAN Community building on schedule.
They discussedstrengthening regional connectivity in parallel with enhancing relationswith ASEAN partners, and exchanged regional and international issues ofcommon concern.
The AMM-46 Joint Communiqué, agreedupon by ASE AN countries, not only maps out the regional grouping’sprioritised orientations until 2015, but the vision and developmentprocess over the next decades.
Minister Minh said themeetings took place in the context of great opportunities for regionalpeace, stability and development cooperation despite concurrent securityand economic challenges.
Most importantly, ASEAN willcontinue to maintain and strengthen its solidarity and unity oninternal and external issues as well as regional and internationalissues of common concern.
ASEAN will also reinforceand deepen its ties with partners, hailing their participation inregional connectivity, actively contributing to common goals of regionalpeace, stability and development, and the building of an ASEANCommunity.
All partners backed ASEAN’s central role indealing with regional issues as well as in the frameworks of ASEAN PlusOne, ASEAN Plus Three, East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF), and ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) amongothers.
The FM said the East Sea issue involved manyconcerned parties at the meetings. They all attached importance topeace, security, safety and free navigation in the East Sea .
Seeing many complicated developments in the East Sea, almost allparticipants suggested relevant parties refrain from using orthreatening to use force, settle disputes by peaceful means andimplement reached commitments in accordance with international law,especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea(UNCLOS 1982) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the EastSea (DOC).
Regional countries and partners emphasisedthe need to build a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), hailing aSenior Officials Meeting (SOM) COC exchange agreed upon by ASEAN andChina, towards a COC reached by the two sides.
Referring to Vietnam’s contributions to the success of the meetings,FM Minh said Vietnam affirmed that ASE AN Community building is acentral task of the grouping, and stressed the importance of solidaritywithin the bloc and its central role in regional peace, security anddevelopment.
Vietnam has also made positivecontributions to promoting Mekong cooperation with partners includingJapan , the Republic of Korea and the US in MekongRiver water resource management and sustainable development.
Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam voices cooperationbetween ASEAN and China in the full and efficient implementationof DOC, to soon reach a COC as affirmed in the ASEAN-China JointStatement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of DOC, in order todefend maritime peace, stability and security in the East Sea .
Vietnam proposed solutions for strengtheningtrust-building and establishing an ASEAN-China hotline for issues atsea, emphasising the humane treatment of fishermen working at sea.
Vietnam praised ASEAN-China SOM-level official consultation on aCOC, highlighting the need to soon reach the code, ensuring peace andsecurity in the East Sea .
On the sidelinesof the meetings, Vietnam held a series of bilateral talks todiscuss cooperation and issues of common concern, FM Minh concluded.-VNA