Vietnamese Deputy Minister Pham Gia Khiem discussed East Sea (South China Sea) issues during his speech at a session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held this week in Hungary, Tuoi Tre reported Thursday.
Also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khiem told the Foreign Ministers' Meeting held on June 6-7 that recent incidents in the East Sea have raised concerns about marine security among countries.
He affirmed that it is in the common interests of countries inside and outside the region to maintain peace, security and stability in the Southeast Asia region as well as the East Sea.
Related parties need to follow international laws, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) signed between China and ASEAN in 2002, to maintain peace, the region's stability and regional countries' friendship, Khiem said.
This was the first time the Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held since the ASEM was expanded in October last year.
Forty-six ministers, chiefs of delegations, ASEAN Secretary General, and high-ranking representatives of the Europe's security and foreign policies attended the meeting, according to Tuoi Tre.