VN calls for strong regional coordination
01-10-2012, 01:55 am
A senior Vietnamese parliamentarian has called for an enhancement of
coordination between the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and
other mechanisms in the region, in order to develop regional potential.
Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong made the appeal at the plenary
session of the 20 th APPF meeting in Tokyo on Jan. 9, adding that
APPF needs to adjust its structure to follow a closer and more practical
trend of tightly coordinating with other regional mechanisms.
said Asia-Pacific needs to increase dialogue and cooperation on
peaceful settlements of regional disputes, including the East Sea
issues on the basis of international law and existing cooperative
mechanisms, especially the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the
East Sea (DOC) and the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
affirmed Vietnam â€™s foreign policy of being active in international
integration and acting as a friend, reliable partner and highly
responsible member state of the international community, proven by
Vietnamese National Assemblyâ€™s active and responsible participation at
regional and international parliamentary forums on political, security,
economic, social and cultural areas.
The same day, on the
sidelines of the meeting, Vice Chairwoman Phong met Deputy Chairman of
Japanese House of Representatives Seishiro Eto.
thanks to Japan for its official development assistance to help
Vietnam to develop infrastructure and affirmed that Vietnam will
continue implementing the nuclear power project with assistance from
For his part, Eto expressed his wish to further develop
the Japan-Vietnam strategic partnership and that Vietnam will become a
more significant partner of Japan in Asia .
He thanked the
Vietnamese Government and people for their assistance to Japan to
overcome the aftermath of the natural disasters in Japan last year as
well as facilitating Japan to take part in important projects to exploit
rare earth minerals and build a nuclear power plant./.