Myanmar Hosts ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat and Commences Her Chairmanship Role
Myanmar Hosts ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat and
Commences Her Chairmanship Role
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was held in Bagan in upper Myanmar on 17 January 2014. This meeting is the first in the series of ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meetings under Myanmar’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014 and it was chaired by Myanmar Union Minister for Foreign Affairs H. E. U Wunna Maung Lwin. During the course of the meeting, ASEAN foreign ministers held talks over priorities of ASEAN for 2014. Following are the main points of discussion at ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat:-
- The foreign ministers discussed priorities include ASEAN’s efforts to speed up community building, ASEAN integration and matters related to the realization of Master Plan for ASEAN Community.
- They also discussed to develop ASEAN Vision for Post-2015 ASEAN Community in accordance with the guidance by ASEAN Leaders at 23rd ASEAN Summit and explored ways and means to strengthening ASEAN external relations.
- The Ministers also stressed the importance of upholding ASEAN’s Centrality in the evolving regional and architectural in addressing the issues of common interest of ASEAN.
- They expressed their concerns on the recent developments in the South China Sea, calling on all parties concerned to resolve their disputes through peaceful means in accordance with universally-recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and urged continued self-restraint in the conduct of activities.
- They also called on all parties to the Declaration to undertake the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DoC) in order to build an environment of mutual trust and confidence.
- They further reaffirmed ASEAN’s Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea and the importance of the maintenance of peace and stability, maritime security, freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea.
- They emphasized the need to expeditiously work towards early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).
At the press conference, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs H. E. U Wunna Maung Lwin and the ASEAN Secretary-General replied to queries raised by correspondents from various news agencies and media groups.
Source: New Light of Myanmar issued on 18-1-2014 (Volume XXI, Number 277) & ASEAN Secretariat News