Vietnam hosts regional security conference

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The eighth meeting of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific was held in Vietnam for the first time on Monday, with officials discussing a new architecture for regional security.

Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the Asia-Pacific region features good economic growth and is noted for its peace and stability.

But Nhan said there's no system to effectively coordinate different security measures among countries in the region to prevent the dangers and dilemmas threatening the area, according to a statement on Vietnam's government website.

The conference discussed measures to deal with the potential spread of mass destruction weapons, especially amid increasing global demand for nuclear power for maintaining peace.

Officials also discussed marine security and planned to develop a code of conduct for countries in the region.

The council was established in December 1993 as an informal mechanism for scholars, officials and others in the private sector to discuss political and security issues and challenges in the region.

Dalchoong Kim, co-president of the council, said the agency has added more member countries since its establishment and built better connections with governmental units.

Those developments will make the 21-member council more useful in government policymaking in the region, Kim said.

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