August 19, 2016

Advancing cooperation in regional and global fora

ASEAN and the Russian Federation have reaffirmed in their Sochi Declaration this week their commitment to the principles and norms of international law enshrined in the United Nations charter, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), including mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, non-interference in internal affairs and the non-use of force or the threat to use force, as well as respect for ASEAN processes, principles and norms.  Their commitments adhere not only to the UN charter but also with TAC and the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence laid down at the Bandung Conference.
Through the Sochi declaration, ASEAN will join hands with the Russian Federation to foster greater cooperation to address traditional and non-traditional security challenges, like international terrorism, transnational organised crime and threats to information security under global and regional frameworks.
Concerning maritime security and safety, it is essential to promote self-restraint, to not use force, to not threaten to use force and to settle disputes through peaceful means according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the SEA (UNCLOS). In this regard, too, ASEAN and the Russian Federation reaffirmed their commitment to support full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the development of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) on the basis of consensus.
It is expected that Myanmar, in cooperation with members of ASEAN, will further promote, where appropriate, cooperation in various regional and global fora, including the UN, APEC, ASEAN and the G-20.


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