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Asean concerned about regional security

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Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn address regional issues yesterday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Foreign Minister yesterday said that Asean member states expressed regional security concerns over the Korean peninsula, South China Sea and a US-China trade war during meetings in Singapore.

Speaking at an award ceremony in Phnom Penh, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said that sensitive issues were raised during the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore last week.

“The most important issue was regional security,” Mr Sokhonn said.

Mr Sokhonn said that the Asean member states discussed the Korean peninsula, South China Sea and the US-China trade war, as well as terrorism, the Rohingya issue in Myanmar and other issues which are posing threats to regional security.

He said that members expressed concern that the trade war could affect Asean.

Mr Sokhonn also said that the Korean peninsula and South China Sea were a sensitive issue for Asean member states.

“The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is threatening regional and global security,” he said.

Mr Sokhonn said Cambodia’s stance has never changed toward a solution for the Korean Peninsula.

“We always show our stance that North Korea must respect the international obligation,” he said, adding that as a member of the United Nations, Cambodia had to follow the UN’s decision.

“We want the Korean Peninsula to be denuclearised,” he said. “Both countries have a ceasefire agreement, but they have not signed or agreed to reach full peace,” he added. “But sooner or later, we hope that they will reach full peace, and declare official peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

In regards to the South China Sea, Mr Sokhonn said that Cambodia stayed neutral and did not interfere in the issue or take sides with any party involved.

Mr Sokhonn added that Cambodia was making efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region. “Mutual trust is very important,” he said.

According to joint communique, all member states discussed the matters relating to the South China Sea and took note of some concerns on the land reclamations and activities in the area, as well as increased tensions which may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.

All Asean member states also reiterated support for all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and international efforts to bring about complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it said.

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