BANGKOK (Sputnik) — ASEAN, established in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, currently includes Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia as well. The association strives to enhance regional cooperation in the economic, social, cultural and other spheres, as well as to promote peace and security.
"If the Korean Peninsula becomes destabilised, this would also affect other areas of the Asia-Pacific region," Suriya Chindawongse said, as cited by the Bangkok Post newspaper, adding that ASEAN leaders will try to find long-term solution for the Korean Peninsula issues during the ASEAN Regional Forum, which is the only multilateral forum on Asian security that North Korea takes part in.
"ASEAN and China share a common stance of getting the CoC done as quickly as possible," he said.
The South China Sea is the scene of a number of territorial disputes between several countries, mainly China, the Philippines and Vietnam.