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Prime Minister supports Japan-Mekong cooperation

Updated: 10:10’ - 27/04/2012

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has confirmed Vietnam’s support for Mekong-Japan Cooperation and the role it played in the prosperity, stability and development of the Mekong region and East Asia in general.

The Vietnamese leader attended the fourth Japan-Mekong Summit in Tokyo on April 21, chaired by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

Prime Minister Dung underlined the priorities given to specific activities, including coping with floods, natural disasters and salinity levels in the region, ensuring food security, and seeking long-term solutions for sustainably using the Mekong River’s water resources.

Top priority should be given to research and assessing the impacts of the exploitation of the Mekong River on the environment and its water resources, he said.

He also proposed an initiative to develop an integrated transport network to increase connectivity between the economic corridors in the Mekong sub-region.

The summit reviewed the implementation of the Mekong-Japan cooperation program during 2010-12 and the adopted Tokyo Strategy. It defined three prioritized tasks, including enhancing connectivity in the Mekong region, promoting trade, investment and cooperation on environmental issues, and public security.

The leaders reached a consensus on research for the sustainable management and development of the Mekong River, including the impact of hydropower dams.

The Mekong countries and Japan emphasized that maintaining peace, stability, maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea was a common aspiration and in the interests of countries both in and outside the region.

They said that all concerned parties should settle the East Sea dispute by peaceful means with a spirit of mutual understanding and respect, and obey international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea as well as creating a Code of Conduct for the East Sea (COC).-

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