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ASEAN foreign ministers convene ahead of regional security forum

07-21-2010 15:21 BJT

HANOI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened in Vietnam capital Hanoi Tuesday ahead of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum to discuss regional integration and security enhancement.

In response to recent rising tension in the Korean Peninsula following a South Korean warship sinking on March 26 with the loss of 46 sailors, ministers expressed their concern over the situation and called for early resumption of six-party talks on denuclearization, said 43rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting spokesman Tran Ngoc An at a news briefing.

ASEAN foreign ministers believed that the six-party talks will be a main platform for long-term peace and stability in Korean Peninsula, said An.

The six-party talks, involving China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan, have been stalled since December 2008. It is aimed at realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and achieving peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

ASEAN foreign ministers also expressed support for the presidential statement of the United Nations Security Council earlier this month which condemned the attack on Cheonan warship without assigning blame, said An.

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