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ASEAN leaders adopt declaration on cooperation

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have adopted the "Nay Pyi Taw Declaration", which identifies broad areas on how the leaders are committed to further enhancing cooperation and on better promoting economic development.

NAY PYI TAW: Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have adopted the "Nay Pyi Taw Declaration" at the 24th ASEAN Summit held in Myanmar.

The declaration identified broad areas on how the leaders are committed to further enhancing cooperation among the 10 member nations and on how to better promote economic development.

It also included calls for all parties to exercise self-restraint and the non-use of force to handle confrontations in the South China Sea.

The leaders have all agreed to refrain from taking actions that would further escalate tension.

They aim to work towards an early conclusion of the code of conduct in the South China Sea.

The code will act as an instrument to prevent and help manage future incidents from happening in the disputed waters.

Another point which the leaders agreed on is to further promote ASEAN's efforts in peace and reconciliation in the region through relevant mechanisms and entities associated with the grouping.

They also want to expedite the implementation of the remaining action plans to achieve an ASEAN community by end next year.

Myanmar's President and ASEAN chair Thein Sein said: "It is also important to have unity among the ASEAN member countries to maintain credibility. We also set out our goals of peace and stability for ASEAN."

This set of declaration is seen as a positive achievement for Myanmar, who is chairing ASEAN for the first time in 17 years since they joined the grouping.

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