ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Asean yet to approve code to settle maritime disputes
In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said senior Asean officials reached agreement on Monday on the key elements to be included in a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea.
The “elements need to be approved at the ministerial level, then mandated back to the senior officials’ meeting for consultations with China,” Del Rosario said.
Del Rosario was correcting false understanding (not in the Inquirer) of reports coming out of the Asean foreign ministers’ meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on a code of conduct that the regional bloc was preparing as a response to China’s growing aggressiveness in the West Philippine Sea.
The code would spell out rules governing maritime rights and navigation in the West Philippine Sea.
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