ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Asean meeting on South China Sea begins
"The meeting was held to end internal discussions between Asean countries on significant components of the code of conduct for the South China Sea," he said.
"We will present a draft to senior Asean officials for consideration before taking it to discuss with China."
The code aims to expand cooperation while building and maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not referring to dispute resolution.
"The dispute in the South China Sea has to be resolved under international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," Nong Sakol said.
"The working group didn’t consider the concerns of related countries as this was beyond its mandate."
He said the code of conduct was important for building confidence, cooperation and relationships between Asean countries and China in response to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea signed in Phnom Penh in 2002.
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