Minister calls for ASEAN’s single voice on East Sea security
voice on the East Sea security and navigation safety issue, Vietnamese
Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich has said at a meeting with his Thai
counterpart Prawit Wongsuwan in Moscow, Russia.
They should deal with the issue in compliance with international law,
the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the
Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, while working to finalise a code of
conduct in the waters, Lich stressed.
The officers met on the sidelines of the meeting on April 26 between
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and the heads of the 10 ASEAN
countries’ military delegations to the fifth Moscow Conference on
On bilateral ties, Minister Lich highlighted the development of the two countries’ strategic partnership.
He asked both sides to increase exchanges, maintain joint patrols in the
bordering water, and handle fishermen illegally working in the other
country’s waters in a humanitarian manner.
Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, agreed
that cooperation activities should be continued to benefit both
Minister Lich also had another bilateral meeting with his Singaporean
counterpart Ng Eng Hen, where both expressed their hope for more
affiliation between their nations.