Asean to present proposal on sea rows


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) may soon present a proposal that will address territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Thursday.

Del Rosario added that he met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa during his recent visit to Jakarta and discussed with him developments on the May 2014 visit to the Philippines of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“We talked about bilateral cooperation . . . talked about multilateral, regional and international issues of common [interests],” the Foreign Affairs chief said.

“We’re working toward a proposal which we will be presenting soon,” he added.

Del Rosario did not give details on the proposal but hinted that it will be presented before a scheduled Asean foreign ministers’ meeting.

He said they are trying to get a consensus from the Asean foreign ministers about the proposal.

The Asean has not spoken about its common stand against China when it comes to the territorial disputes.

China is increasingly being aggressive when it comes to the rows in the West Philippine Sea, 90 percent of which the Asian economic powerhouse is claiming.

The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam also claim parts of that sea.


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