Vietnam has made important contributions to implementing ASEAN priorities and strengthening regional connectivity at the 20 th ASEAN Summit and ministerial meetings.

The statement was made by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in an interview granted to the press on April 4 as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation left Phnom Penh , Cambodia , after attending the 20th ASEAN Summit and related meetings.

At the meetings, the Vietnamese delegation made proposals on strengthening consensus among the group on building the ASEAN Community based on three pillars: politic-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars, and heightening the “culture of implementation” to effectively carry out the roadmap to the ASEAN Community by 2015 and the master plan on ASEAN connectivity, Minh said.

Together with other ASEAN countries, Vietnam emphasised that the group needs to effectively promote tools and mechanisms for politic-security cooperation in the region such as the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ), the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting plus (ADMM+), thus contributing to promoting peace, security and cooperation in the region.

Vietnam supported the increase of ASEAN coordinated stance at international forums and proposed to institutionalise ASEAN’s participation in G20, he added.

On the East Sea issue, Vietnam underlined that ASEAN needs to unite, be active in promoting peace, stability, security and maritime safety in the East Sea, solve disputes through peaceful measures, respect international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and fully implement the DOC, the Foreign Minister said.

The group should complete components of the Code of Conducts (COC), serving the start of consultations on the COC between ASEAN and China .

Regarding the Mekong River, Vietnam stressed the necessity for tapping and using Mekong water resources in a proper and sustainable manner for the benefits of people and sustainable development of countries along the river, particularly lower-basin countries./.