Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

Senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) member countries and China have agreed to advance
negotiations for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) to a new
period, said Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

In a
recent meeting, the officials concurred to negotiate the framework,
structure and contents of the COC, and settle difficult and complicated
matters related to the document, Aman told a press conference in Kuala
Lumpur on the threshold of the 48 th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM
48), adding that this is an important step forward with regard to the
COC.

Aman also revealed that at the meeting, the
participants also considered a number of measures to resolve tensions
among countries, while highlighting the need to implement relevant
contents of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea
(DOC).

While countries proceed with the implementation of
the DOC and work expeditiously towards the establishment of the COC,
recent developments have raised tensions and eroded trust and confidence
among the parties, he stressed.

These developments should
be settled to ensure peace, stability and security in the East Sea ,
Aman said, pointing to the need to maintain the East Sea as a sea
of peace and prosperity, and prevent any actions leading to the
possibility of increased militarisation.

Regarding the AMM
48, the Malaysian diplomat said the meeting and a series of related
meetings will take place in Kuala Lumpur from August 1-6, with the
participation of 27 countries.

Following the AMM 48, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers are expected to issue a joint statement, he added.-VNA

By vivian