Vietnamese National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu is attending the 21 st Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-21), which got underway in Vladivostok city, Russia on January 28.

At the forum, Luu delivered a speech highlighting the risks of security and political instability in the region while regional mechanisms remain inefficient to deal with traditional and non-traditional challenges.

He said that all maritime disputes need to be solved peacefully in accordance with international law, in particular the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), and in respect for the legitimate interest and sovereignty of coastal countries.

Luu pointed to the necessity to improve the effectiveness of mechanisms and tools that ensure common security.

APPF needs to increase the effectiveness of its operations in the region to maintain peace, security and development, and maximize the power and potential of Asia-Pacific. It also needs to promote current mechanisms by boosting dialogue and trust, including in the ASEAN framework and between ASEAN and other partners, he added.

Luu affirmed that Vietnam attaches special importance to strengthening democracy to increase the role and participation of people in political activities, especially in law making.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairperson of the Russia Federation Council Valentina Matvienko stressed that Russia values the role of Asia-Pacific and will actively participate in increasing regional connectivity, especially in experience exchange and coordination in legislative activities.

At three-day APPF-21, lawmakers from 28 member countries will discuss issues relating to politics and security, economic trade ties, and inter-regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific, as well as suggest future activities and select the venue for APPF-22, which is scheduled to take place in January, 2014.

Established in March, 1993, APPF is a forum for member-country parliamentarians to discuss measures to promote cooperation in the region to ensure peace and security, and boost cultural exchanges among nations.-VNA