Brunei Darussalam reaffirms its commitment to the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.
The statement added, “Brunei Darussalam maintains its two-step approach in addressing the South China Sea.
“Specific issues should be addressed bilaterally by the countries directly concerned through peaceful dialogue and consultations.
“Brunei Darussalam emphasises that disputes on the South China Sea should be resolved in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the rules and principles of international law. Countries concerned must promote a calm, peaceful and conducive environment, building confidence and enhancing mutual trust in the region.
“Brunei Darussalam stresses the importance of working actively towards the early conclusion of an effective and substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). Brunei Darussalam will continue to engage with countries and contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and stability.”