Asean way promotes peace and security in the region —Hussein

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia believes Asean has been successful in promoting peace and security in the region due to the consultative and discreet diplomacy that Asean members practice or what is commonly known as ‘the Asean way’, Malaysia’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Datuk Hussein Haniff said.

In a statement yesterday he said looking at the examples of other regions, Malaysia viewed that there should not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach to collaborations between the UN and regional organisations.

“Instead, the unique circumstances of a region and its people should be taken into consideration when devising such mechanisms of collaboration,” Hussein added.

He said this in his statement for an open debate on ‘Cooperation Between The UN and Regional and Sub regional Organisations in Maintaining International Peace and Security at the UN Security Council in New York, Tuesday.

The speech text of his statement was made available to Bernama, yesterday.

He said as Asean evolved over time, it also strengthened and deepened its linkages with the UN and other international and intergovernmental organisations.

“This of course included cooperation with the UN in maintaining international peace and security. The pace of this cooperation has accelerated as can be seen in the Asean-UN Comprehensive Partnership,” said Hussein.

He added that the Partnership, which was adopted over a year ago, has already seen tangible results such as the exchange of experiences and best practices in conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy between Asean and UN officials.

“Peace and security has been one of the major component under the Political-Security Cooperation which has been identified as the first priority area under the Asean-UN Comprehensive Partnership.

“In this regard, Malaysia looks forward to the first review of the Comprehensive Partnership which is expected to take place in October this year,” he said. — Bernama

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