Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 22/02/2018 02:14 
24.10.2017 05:13 News >> Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea

Asean Defense Mins Discuss Terrorism, South China Sea

Defense ministers of the 10 member states of regional bloc reaffirm commitment to address security challenges in region.

By Roy Ramos

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Terrorism and the disputed South China Sea topped the agenda of a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday.

The 11th Defense Ministers' Meeting was held at the former U.S. military base in Clark in the northern province of Pampanga.

The defense ministers of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam committed to unite in the region's fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as they denounced the attacks carried out by Daesh-linked terrorists specifically in Southeast Asia.

The ministers also expressed unity with the Philippines in addressing the security and humanitarian crisis in Marawi City and noted the "need for enhanced regional cooperation through intelligence and information sharing, increasing surveillance and promoting awareness among the public about the threat of radicalism".

"The joint declaration being signed embodies the collective sense of the ASEAN defense ministers on the regional security environment. More importantly, it contains the ministers' shared thrust and specific undertakings to address the security challenges facing the region as well as the practical measures to promote cooperation," said the ministers in a statement read during the signing ceremony, as "ed by Inquirer News.

The ministers also emphasized the need "to effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, ASEAN six-point principles on the South China Sea and reiterated the importance of expeditiously working towards an early conclusion of the code of conduct in the South China Sea".

While the draft copy of the Code of Conduct endorsed in August was "not an instrument to settle territorial disputes or maritime delimitation issues", it contains a "set of norms to guide the conduct of parties and promote maritime cooperation in the South China Sea".

The ministers jointly reaffirmed "the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea, as well as the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea".

Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, including a cluster of islands, reefs and atolls further south called the Spratlys. ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the waters. -



        Latest News
Champions League: Shakhtar Beat Roma 2-1 At Home -41 minutes ago...
Turkish youngster Cengiz Under's goal in his first ever Champions League match not enough for Italian side.
Over 50 Nigerian Schoolgirls Missing After Attack 4 minutes ago...
Incident took place on late Monday at girls only government secondary school in northeastern Yobe state.
Us: Melania Trump's Parents Become US Residents 4 minutes ago...
Couple ‘very likely relied’ on immigration process president trying to end, newspaper claims.
African Migrants Begin Hunger Strike Over Israel Policy -41 minutes ago...
Hunger strike comes after 7 Eritreans were jailed, according to Israeli media.
Argentine Truckers Strike Against Austerity -26 minutes ago...
Some say transport union leader Hugo Moyano is promoting the strike in a bid to avoid probe.

 
      Top News
Argentine Truckers Strike Against Austerity Argentine Truckers Strike Against Austerity
South Africa Forecasts 1.5 Pct Growth İn 2018 South Africa Forecasts 1.5 Pct Growth İn 2018
Borsa Istanbul Up At Opening Borsa Istanbul Up At Opening
Update - Us: Special Counsel Charges Lawyer With Lying Update - Us: Special Counsel Charges Lawyer With Lying
Turkish Treasury Holds Auction To Borrow $590M Turkish Treasury Holds Auction To Borrow $590M
Ypg/Pkk-Daesh Terror Groups Shell Turkey's South Hatay Ypg/Pkk-Daesh Terror Groups Shell Turkey's South Hatay
Fire Guts Syrian Refugee Camp İn Lebanon Fire Guts Syrian Refugee Camp İn Lebanon
Syrians İn Liberated Afrin Village Praise Turkey's Help Syrians İn Liberated Afrin Village Praise Turkey's Help
Turkey: Consumer Confidence Flat İn February Turkey: Consumer Confidence Flat İn February
Borsa Istanbul Up At Opening Session Borsa Istanbul Up At Opening Session