MinDef hosts meeting on ASEAN hotline
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
DEFENCE officials yesterday convened in Brunei to discuss the progress of implementing the ASEAN hotline in a three-day meeting hosted by the Ministry of Defence (MinDef).
Acting Permanent Secretary of Defence Captain (Rtd) Abdul Rahman Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, RBN opened the Third Ad-Hoc Working Group Meeting on Establishing a Direct Communications Link (DCL) in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Process.
A follow-up from the previous meeting in 2015, the officials will deliberate further on the progress of establishing the hotline since the adoption of its concept paper in 2014.
They will also move forward on discussing subsequent phases of the DCL initiative, where experts from China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and the United States will share their knowledge and experiences on different forms of hotlines.
MinDef said the DCL initiative has been divided into three phases with the first phase currently nearing implementation.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam had proposed the establishment of the hotline in his capacity as chair of the 22nd ASEAN Summit in 2013.
The ASEAN hotline aims to prevent the escalation of maritime disputes in the region.
“Set within the current complex maritime domain, the DCL initiative is one of ASEAN’s key confidence-building measures intended to reduce vulnerability to miscalculations, avoid misunderstanding and undesirable outcomes at sea,” said MinDef. — Rabiatul Kamit
The Brunei Times