ASEAN expects COC to be adopted soon: Spokesperson

Update: 15:36 | 04/08/2017
 The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) always supports the early approval of an effective and legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang stressed at a regular press conference in Ha Noi on August 3.  
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Regarding reporters’ queries related to the COC, a framework agreement is expected to be approved at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings in the Philippine capital city of Manila, the spokesperson said.

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Vietnam FM's Spokesperson. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

“In accordance with ASEAN’s regulations, at this meeting, ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers will consider the adoption of a framework agreement on the COC in the East Sea, which had been finalized at the ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting on the COC consultations,”.

“Based on that foundation, ASEAN always has consensus that it is necessary to have an effective and legally-binding COC in the East Sea as soon as possible to ensure peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea on the basis of observing international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS),” Ms. Hang stressed.

While evaluating the efficiency of the COC in resolving conflicts at East sea, Ms. Hang emphasized that the common benefits of all ASEAN members and regional countries is maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and the East Sea.

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