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Comprehensive Asia-Pacific security document may be adopted by next East Asia summit

November 13, 2014, 11:28 UTC+3 NAYPYIDAW
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev underlined the efforts of East Asia Summit to base the document on principles of its indivisibility, adherence to international law and peaceful settlement of disputes
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NAYPYIDAW, November 13. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that summiteers may endorse a comprehensive legally binding document on security in the Asia-Pacific region by a next East Asia Summit in Malaysia in 2015.

In his speech at the East Asia summit in Naypyidaw the Russian prime minister suggested giving instructions to the Foreign Ministries to finalize the document by the summit in Malaysia.

“In the last few years consistent efforts are being taken at the East Asia Summit to shape a new architecture of regional security based on the principles of its indivisibility, adherence to international law and peaceful settlement of disputes,” Medvedev said.

“A next step in this direction should become drafting of a comprehensive legally binding document on security in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

He also noted that “a consolidated concept of a future regional security system with due account of initiatives made by Russia, China, India and Indonesia would be possible to develop by the 2015 summit.” The Russian premier added that Russia had presented a specific draft action plan.

Medvedev noted the document on security in the Asia-Pacific region was quite topical.

“Unfortunately, threats to security are growing, emergence of new divide lines and deficit of trust has to be stated,” he said. “A terrorist threat is getting on a larger scale, particularly that stemming from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, the spread of mass destruction weapons, shortage of food, natural disasters, regional and local conflicts, pandemic diseases are becoming all-embracing and sometimes dramatic,” the prime minister noted, adding that “all this hampers strongly accomplishment of the tasks of development.

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