PH pushes for 4-claimants' consensus on sea row

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2014 04:26 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2014 12:26 AM

MANILA - The Philippine government is pushing for a four claimants' foreign ministers meeting within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to come up with a consensus on the issue of the West Philippine Sea.

Foreign Affair Secretary Albert Del Rosario said he still aspires that the meeting will push through before the ASEAN Ministers' meeting in Myanmar next month.

He said there is still no date for the meeting as Indonesia, the broker of the meeting, is still getting a consensus among the participants.

Among the claimant countries of parts of the South China Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

For his part, Acting Thai Foreign Minister Sihasak Phiangketkeow is pushing for an early conclusion of a code of conduct in the South China Sea, which he said will contribute greatly to peace and security in the region.