backs Viet Nam’s bid for Human Rights Council
- 01/10/2012) - ASEAN members have pledged to support each other’s bids for
seats at the United Nations, including Viet Nam’s candidacy for the UN Human
Rights Council for 2014-2016 tenure.
bloc’s foreign ministers made the affirmation at the recent Informal ASEAN
Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM), which took place on the sidelines of the UN
General Assembly session in New York.
ministers agreed to continue increasing coordination on stance and raising the
role of the grouping at the UN and working for a UN General Assembly Resolution
on enhancement of cooperation between ASEAN and the UN.
regional ministers adopted a list of major outcomes of the 45th ASEAN Foreign
Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 45) and affirmed their resolve to implement effectively
the results, including the six-principle statement on the East Sea and pushing
for official ASEAN-China negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea
ministers also discussed international and regional issues of common concern,
including recent developments in Southeast and Northeast Asia. They highlighted
the importance of the six-principle statement on the East Sea and the
Declaration of the East Asia Summit on principles for mutually-beneficiary
relations. They called on concerned parties to solve differences through
peaceful measures based on the committed principles and international law.
on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, the ASEAN foreign
ministers attended a series of meetings on September 27-28.
the ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, both sides expressed their pleasure
with the progress in bilateral ties and agreed to work towards a strategic
partnership for the common goal of peace, security and development in the
US Secretary of State affirmed the US’ policy to boost cooperation with ASEAN
and back ASEAN’s efforts to build a Community with a central role in the
meetings between ASEAN ministers and the UN Secretary General and the Chair of
the UN General Assembly, all sides reached a consensus on furthering the
implementation of the joint statement on the ASEAN-UN comprehensive partnership
approved last November, and enhancing cooperation in prioritised areas such as
the UN Millennium Development Goals, disaster management, narrowing development
gap and building the ASEAN Community.
the meetings between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the
Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) reached agreement on maintaining
exchanges and regular contacts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
session. The sides also considered the possibilities in promoting cooperation
between ASEAN and the regions.
these meetings, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh, who headed the
Vietnamese delegation, stressed that ASEAN need to continue to strengthen
solidarity and cooperation in order to implement effectively outcomes of the
AMM-45 and spare no effort to ensure the success of the ASE AN Summit meetings
scheduled for November in Cambodia.
complicated developments in the region, he proposed that ASEAN closely work
together and promote its central role through upholding the fundamental
principles stated in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
(TAC), the EAS Declaration on principles for mutually-beneficiary relations,
especially those on respecting international law, restraining oneself,
refraining from the use of force or threat to use force, solving disputes
through peaceful measures, cooperating for mutual benefit, thus contributing to
maintaining peace, stability, security and cooperation in the region.
the East Sea issue, Deputy Minister Vinh stressed that countries should
strictly obey and implement fundamental principles on the settlement of
disputes through peaceful measures, respecting international law and the 1982
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the full implementation of the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). ASEAN should exert
effort to ensure the effective implementation of the six-principle statement on
the East Sea and the early conclusion of the COC.
also met with heads of delegations and representatives of several countries to
discuss measures to promote bilateral cooperation and issues of common