Saturday, August 24

‘South China Sea disputes should be addressed via peaceful dialogue’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has emphasised that disputes in the South China Sea should be addressed via peaceful dialogue and negotiations based on the principles of international law.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said it includes the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).

Speaking at the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) and the East Asia Summit-Foreign Ministers Meeting (EAS-FMM) in Brunei Darussalam on Tuesday, he also expressed Malaysia’s stand on the situation in Syria and Palestine.

A Foreign Affairs Ministry statement yesterday said Anifah also suggested that ARF participants strengthen coordination and cooperation to enhance preparedness and capacity to address cyber security threats.

During the ARF retreat, the foreign ministers exchanged views on security challenges including development in the South China Sea, the Middle East peace process and the situation on the Korean Peninsula and Syria. — Bernama