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MALAYSIA LOOKING FORWARD TO A CLEAR CODE OF CONDUCT DEAL IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

SINGAPORE, Malaysia is looking forward to the expedition of the agreement on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea and hopes to see a ‘clean piece’ of Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the area, says Malaysia Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Asean and China Thursday had arrived at Single Draft Code of Conduct (CoC) Negotiating Text, which will be a living document and the basis for future negotiations.

“The fact that we have arrived at a single text on COC, to me, it is an important step forward and of course we are still discussing. I am happy to say that the discussion is going on very well,” he told reporters on the sideline of the third-day of the 51st Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting here Friday.

He was asked to comment on the latest development on the COC and its importance to Malaysia.

“The biggest issue is to ensure that the South China Sea is free from any activities that can cause concern to ASEAN member states and other interest parties in the region,” said Saifuddin who was appointed Malaysia’s Foreign Minister on July 2.

Source: NAM News Network

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