Malaysia to ASEAN: Unite over South China Sea
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Malaysia's foreign minister urged Southeast Asian countries on Sunday to settle their overlapping claims in the South China Sea before bringing them up with Beijing.
Anifah Aman's comments, following an hour-long meeting with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, imply that
Anifah said a repeat of confrontation, such as a June standoff between Philippine and Chinese ships over Scarborough Shoal, should be avoided.
"We are confident we can resolve this matter.
"There are overlapping claims by member countries. Let us discuss these among ASEAN countries first before we talk to
"We can only achieve this objective in the
Anifah did not give any time frame for such an ASEAN meeting.
ASEAN foreign ministers failed to move ahead on the South China Sea issue at a regional ministers' meeting in
"We firmly support the idea continuously that ASEAN is in the driver's seat in terms of East Asian cooperation," he said. "We agreed that we will continue to work together in cooperation and accommodating each other's concerns and interests."
Anifah said that ASEAN and