Vital issues debated at AIPA-31 General Assembly

The on-going 31st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-31) was held in Hanoi on September 22, focusing on political, economic, social and organization committee issues.

The 31st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-31) continued to be held in Hanoi on September 22, focusing on political, economic, social and organization committee issues. (Photo:VNA)

At the meeting of the Committee on Political Matters, delegates focused discussions on three draft resolutions proposed by the Vietnamese delegation on promoting cooperation between AIPA-ASEAN, the regional and global security situation and enhancing solidarity and unification in diversification among ASEAN.

They agreed to supplement the draft resolution on the regional and global security situation with a principle to encourage the settlement of differences among ASEAN nations, including territorial disputes, through peaceful measures and bilateral or multilateral negotiations based on international law.

At a separate meeting of the Committee on Economic Matters, participants discussed and agreed the General Assembly three draft resolutions including sustainable development, the role of parliamentarians during the post-crisis period and a draft resolution ratifying the report of the second AIPA Caucus meeting and the other on promoting dialogue with the private sector.

Meanwhile, delegates at the Committee on Social Matters discussed and agreed with the contents of the draft resolutions relating to climate change, disaster management, disease prevention, human resource development, the disabled and the approval of the report of the seventh meeting of AIPA Fact Finding Committee to Combat the Drug Menace (AIFOCOM) that were proposed by Vietnam.

The meeting's participants also reached consensus on building a drug-free ASEAN community by 2015.

On the same day, AIPA parliamentary delegations held meetings with observers, focusing on issues related to regional and international security, economic cooperation, environmental protection and disaster.

By Anh Phuong, translated by Thanh Huong

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