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Joint Communiqué of the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, July 2011

Published July 19, 2011

ASEAN Foreign Ministers  gave this joint communiqué at the 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in  Bali, Indonesia, on July 19, 2011.

Among the issues discussed was the South China Sea; the communiqué states,

"We discussed in depth the recent developments in the South China Sea and expressed serious concern over the recent incidents. In this regard, we stressed the importance of maintaining peace, and stability in the South China Sea, the continued exercise of self-restraint by all parties concerned, and the promotion of confidence-building measures in this area. We further reaffirmed the importance and continued relevance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) of 2002, as a milestone document between ASEAN Member States and China, embodying their collective commitment to promoting peace, stability and mutual trust and to ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in the area, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). We called on all parties to respect the freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea as provided for by the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS."


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