Vietnam calls on ASEAN for stronger maritime cooperation

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Vietnam calls on ASEAN for stronger maritime cooperation

Vietnam highlighted the need for ASEAN to boost collaboration on maritime issues in order to ensure an environment of peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the region at the fifth ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF-5).

During the event, which was concluded in the central city of Da Nang on August 27, the country also emphasised the importance of respecting international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

Vietnam also pointed to the need for parties to practice restraint and refrain from actions that complicate the situation.

The country also contributed to discussions on enhanced maritime partnerships, particularly regarding disaster relief and humanitarian relief for fishermen; scientific research; and protection of marine ecosystems; as well as non-traditional security threats, such as international crime, piracy and human trafficking.

During the AMF-5, the ten ASEAN member countries reviewed their maritime cooperation and the implementation of previously developed initiatives, as well as devising strategies for boosting the regional coordination of humanitarian aid and disaster responses.

Over the past five years, AMF has set up a complex interactive mechanism for its member countries, drawing the attention of ASEAN’s partners, representatives said.

They touched upon measures for managing and protecting marine ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as ways to beef up cooperation on the use fisheries resources.

Participants also discussed the recent developments in the East Sea, highlighting the need for observing UNCLOS 1982 and regional commitments, including DOC.

The third Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum will take place on August 28, during which the ASEAN member countries will hold dialogues with eight partners, including China .

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, includes Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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