PRESS STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL MATTERS OF THE 41ST AIPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HA NOI, 9 SEPTEMBER 2020

1. The AIPA Committee on Political Matters of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) held a meeting on 9 September 2020 via video-conferencing.

2. The Committee adopted six (6) Reports of AIPA Caucus Meetings and ASEAN-AIPA Leaders’ Interface at the ASEAN Summits.

3. The Committee held extensive exchanges and shared views on the topic “Parliamentary Diplomacy for Sustainable Peace, Security in ASEAN”.

4. The Committee agreed on the crucial role of parliament and parliamentary diplomacy in strengthening cooperation to advance sustainable development and address emerging challenges to peace and security.

5. The Committee reaffirmed the support for ASEAN’s commitment to realise a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN as well as ASEAN’s efforts toward a peaceful, stable, rules-based, people-oriented, people-centered and resilient ASEAN Community.

6. The Committee emphasized the importance of mutual trust and confidence, enhanced dialogue and cooperation in inter-state relations and supported multilateralism founded on the UN Charter, peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, as well as a rules-based regional and international order, anchored in international law.

7. The Committee committed to strengthen efforts to promote parliamentary diplomacy and promoting close coordination and collaboration between the legislative and the executive branches in preserving regional peace, security and stability, reinforcing an open, inclusive, transparent, rules based regional architecture with ASEAN at the center.

8. The Committee re-affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea, as well as upholding international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, working actively towards the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety and the early conclusion of an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC), consistent with international law including the 1982 UNCLOS.

9. The Committee actively support enhancing ASEAN’s capacity to address traditional and non-traditional security issues including COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as a people-centered approach in addressing emerging challenges. 10. The Committee agreed to deepen efforts to promote multilateral parliamentary diplomacy, including through exchange of best practices with other regional, multilateral or international organizations to further contribute to peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world./.