Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called on ASEAN to strengthen marine security at the East Sea and complete a legal system on the multi-laterally sharing sea soon.

Dung made the statement during his talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is also rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in Jakarta on May 8 on the sidelines of the grouping’s 18 th summit.

The Vietnamese Government leader at the first hand spoke of Indonesia ’s humanitarian treatment towards arrested Vietnamese fishermen.

Dung and the Indonesian President agreed to speed up bilateral negotiations on concrete measures to scotch the problem. They emphasised measures to materialise the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in fisheries and marine issues, which was signed in October 2010, and early conclusion of bilateral negotiations on exclusive economic zone demarcation.

In regard to the East Sea , the Vietnamese leader told the host that the bloc should make greater efforts to maintain peace, stability and marine security at the East Sea .

The two leaders agreed to push up the implementation of the Declaration on Conducts (DOC) of the Parties in the East Sea and preparation for the DOC guidelines as well as the Code of Conduct (COC).

Bilateral relations were other major issues of the talks with early signing of a programme of action for 2011-14 being at the helm.

Host and guest shared a view that the scheme was of primary importance to help the two countries better implement the joint statement on friendly and comprehensive relations in entering the 21 st century. They also emphasised the need to take stronger measures to boost trade, investment and other ties./.