Nations (ASEAN) in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and in enhancing co-operation in the wider Asia-Pacific region. They also recognized the role of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in promoting political and security dialogue and mutual confidence among its participants. They welcomed the progress of ASEAN continuing efforts to realize the objective of establishing a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality in Southeast Asia (ZOPFAN) and to implement the Southeast-Asia Nuclear- Weapons-Free-Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ). In this regard, they encouraged all Nuclear- Weapon States to accede to the SEANWFZ Protocol. The Ministers welcomed the continuing commitment made by the Leaders of ASEAN and China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea as well as other ASEAN Dialogue Partners to enhance co-operation and collaboration, thereby further contributing to the promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world over. The Ministers welcomed the recent accession of China, India, Japan and Pakistan to the Treaty of Amity and Co- operation in Southeast Asia (TAC) and encouraged other ASEAN Dialogue Partners and non-Southeast Asian countries to accede to the Treaty.
They welcomed the signing of the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II) at the 9th ASEAN Summit held in Bali, Indonesia in 2003, which decided to establish an ASEAN Community comprising the three pillars, namely political and security co- operation, economic co-operation and socio-cultural co-operation in line with the A S E A N V i s i o n 2 0 2 0 , a s a C o m m u n i t y o f S o u t h e a s t A s i a n N a t i o n s , b o n d e d t o g e t h e r i n partnership, in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies. The
ASEAN community would be achieved through the framework of the ASEAN Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. In this regard, the Ministers commended the substantial progress made since the adoption of the ASEAN Concord II in the formulation and finalization of plans of action of those three pillars as the basis in ASEAN’s strive towards full integration.
The Ministers reiterated the call to solve all sovereignty and territorial disputes in the South China Sea by peaceful means without resorting to force and/or threat to use force, and urged all parties to exercise restraint with a view to creating a positive climate for the eventual resolution of all contentious issues. In this context, they reaffirmed their support for the principles contained in the 1992 ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea as well as 1982 united Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and stressed the need for the full implementation of such principles by all concerned. They also expressed the hope that all parties concerned would refrain from any actions that may undermine peace,
stability, trust commitment to
confidence in the region. freedom of navigation in and
They reaffirmed their respect for and over flight above the South China Sea as
provided for by they welcomed
the universally recognized the efforts by ASEAN
principles of and China
international law. To this to effectively implement
Declaration on the November 4, 2002
Conduct of Parties in the South during the ASEAN-China Summit
China Sea in Phnom
which was signed Penh, Cambodia as
important step to achieve a code create a conducive environment
of conduct in the South China Sea, which for the maintenance of peace and stability
would in the
help to region.
They also welcomed the positive contribution of consultations among the parties concerned at the consultations at the ASEAN-China Dialogue, the
the on-going bilateral and multilateral intergovernmental level, the extensive regular exchange of views in the ARF,
and the informal encouraged their
Workshops on continuance.