ASEAN can’t resolve sea dis­putes: Minh

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

MANILA: As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Le Luong Minh has said that the ASEAN was not the venue to resolve sovereignty claims over the South China Sea, re­ports ANI.

“We have to be able to sep­a­rate, to ex­pect th­ese sovereignty claims. I mean we have only four Asean coun­tries who are claimants –Viet­nam, Philip­pines, Brunei and Malaysia,” Manila Times quoted Minh as say­ing. He, how­ever, stated that ASEAN was the venue to reg­u­late the con­duct of all par­ties in the ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute.

Ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary, the South China Sea is­sue was one as­pect of ASEAN with China and it was not needed for other ASEAN coun­tries to have a po­si­tion on this.

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