ASEAN Leaders at the Retreat Session of the 22nd ASEAN Summit held on Thursday in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, called the concerned parties in the Korean Peninsula and East China Sea issues to take peaceful measures.
Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday afternoon upon the arrival of the Cambodian delegation led by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen from Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said that the ASEAN Leaders expressed their concern over the recent development on the Korean Peninsula, especially after North Korea tested its missiles, and appealed to the concerned parties to exercise utmost restraint and respect the UN Security Council’s resolutions and their commitment in the Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks in September 2005.
Besides, the ASEAN Leaders also expressed their concern over the tension in East China Sea between China and Japan, which would affect regional peace and stability, he added.
The ASEAN Leaders further exchanged views on climate change and other challenges, and laid stress on the importance of ASEAN’s Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea and the Joint Statement of the 15th ASEAN-China Summit on the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, said H.E. Kao Kim Hourn.
For the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) building, the ASEAN leaders highly appreciated Brunei Darussalam for its financial support to the regional-level analysis of the ASCC Blueprint implementation as announced in March 2013, he underlined.