ASEAN enhances solidarity to deal with security challenges
Updated : Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:53 AM (GMT+0700)

The ASEANPolitical-Security Community Council (APSC) and the ASEAN Coordinating Council(ACC) convened their meetings in Singapore on November 13 to review thegrouping’s cooperation, and complete reports and documents to be submitted tothe leaders.

Heads of delegations pose for a photo at the 18th ASEAN Political-Security Community
Council Meeting in Singapore on November 13 - Photo: VNA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh leda Vietnamese delegation to the events.

In his opening speech, Singaporean Foreign Minister VivianBalakishnan stressed that the regional and international situation continues tosee rapid and profound changes, with increasing competition, political andeconomic instabilities. Therefore, ASEAN should maintain solidarity, strengthencohesion and cooperation, and continue efforts to effectively realise the ASEANCommunity Vision 2025 in parallel with dealing with emerging challenges.

Regarding political-security collaboration, the APSCacknowledged the positive outcomes in the implementation of the ASEANPolitical-Security Community Blueprint 2015, with 255 out of 290 lines ofactions fulfilled or 88 percent, he said.

Many cooperation areas have seen strong progress such asdiplomacy, defence, justice, cyber security, and fight against terrorism andextreme violence, thus contributing to ensuring peace, security, stability andcooperation as well as building trust in the region, he added.

Notably, the countries also spoke highly of cooperationcontents that bring practical benefits to residents, including consular supportfor ASEAN citizens in a third country and humanitarian assistance in case ofnatural disasters. 

On the regional and global situation, the countriesreaffirmed the importance of maintain and promoting peace, stability, security,safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, andmaintaining solidarity and common voice of ASEAN, while boosting the full andeffective implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the EastSea (DOC) towards the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea(COC).

Addressing these meetings, Deputy PM Minh acknowledgedprogress made in the building of the ASEAN Community and the implementation ofthe ASEAN Community Vision 2025 over the past time. He proposed the ASEANcountries continue to enhance solidarity and self-resilience, as well as staypersevering with traditional principles and methods while being flexible andcreative in dealing with arising challenges. 

Minh also noted that ASEAN needs to focus on ensuringregional peace and security, and maintaining its central role, as well ascontinue to reform processes and procedures, improve capacity in responding toemergencies, and increase coordination among agencies.

The Vietnamese official stressed that ASEAN shouldpersistently pursue agreed principles, make efforts to ensure peace, securityand stability in the East Sea, abide by international law, exerciseself-restraint, not militarise and take actions to complicate the situation,vow to address disputes via peaceful means on the basis of international law,fully and effectively implement the DOC and soon reach the more effective COC.

Source: VNA

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