Striving for peace, security named APPF urgent task
Updated : Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:01 AM (GMT+0700)

Strivingfor peace, security, cooperation and development is a major, standard, andurgent task for all Asia-Pacific Parliamantary Forum (APPF) members, said ViceChairman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Do Ba Ty on January 19.

Vice Chairman of Vietnam’s NA Do Ba Ty speaks at the event - Source: VNA

He made the remarks at thefirst plenary session on political and security matters of the 26th APPFmeeting that is underway in Hanoi.

On behalf of the Vietnamesedelegation, the NA Vice Chairman proposed the APPF parliaments should play anactive role in building a law-based environment of regional peace, security. Aslegislative bodies, they need to institutionalize international committmentsinto their domestic laws, increase monitoring of implementation ofresponsibilities and committments to international conventions and laws, hestressed.

The parliaments could alsoreview, promulgate, and supplement relevant legal documents related to thepromotion of mutual understanding and cooperation among countries on the basisof international law and UN principles, including respect for sovereignty,political independence, non-interference in the internal affairs of States,non-use of force or threat to use force, resolve international disputes bypeaceful means, he said.

He urged the parliaments towork to turn sustainable development into a long-term and prevailingorientation for development policies and measures. ‘The APPF can take the leadin strengthening a free, open, transparent, inclusive and rules-basedmultilateral system’, Ty suggested.

This year, Vietnam hasprepared a draft resolution: “Promoting Parliamentary Diplomacy for peace,security and prosperity in the region and over the world” aimed at highlightingthe role of parliaments in promoting observance of international law,supporting the peaceful resolution of disputes; urging greater cooperation,realising international commitments to respond to current common challenges;realise the priorities agreed to by member economies following APEC 2017 suchas promoting inclusive, innovative, sustainable and equitable growth.

Besides the promotion ofparliamentary diplomacy for peace, security and prosperity in the region andthe world, the APPF-26’s first plenary session also looked into the fightagainst international terrorism and trans-border crime.

Participants pointed torisks posed by increasing trade protectionism and called on support andcooperation among the APPF members for trade liberalisation. 

Parliamentary diplomacy toend human rights violation and the settlement of the Korean Peninsula issuewere also among the deliberated topics.

Fahri Hamzah, Vice Speakerof Indonesia’s House of Representatives, noted that global challenges requiredeeper discussions at the parliamentary level, adding that Indonesia hasincluded parliamentary diplomacy in law-making process as a measure to boostthe activity.

He said parliamentarydiplomacy should play a greater role in addressing regional conflicts,particularly the Rohingya crisis.

Masazumi Gotoda, member ofJapan’s House of Representatives, stressed the importance of dialogueparticularly in the settlement of issues on the Korean peninsula.

Konstantin Kosachev, memberof Russia’s parliament and Head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, called forjoint actions against the proliferation of chemical and mass-destructionweapon.

Lasting until January 21,the APPF-26 features four plenary sessions on the topics of politics-security,economics-trade, regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and the future ofAPPF. 

Founded in Tokyo, Japan in1993, the APPF now gathers 27 members, namely Australia, Cambodia, Canada,China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Laos,Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand,Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Russia,Singapore, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

It is a mechanism thatenables parliamentarians to discuss issues of common concern, and to deepentheir understanding of the region and the interests and experience of itsdiverse members. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic,social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and buildingrelations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.


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