The South East Asian nations and countries of the European Union, expressed ‘deep concern’ over the rising tensions in the Korean peninsula.
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have been rising, due to the sinking of the South Korean corvette on March 26 and the investigation that ensued. Investigators have said that they have overwhelming evidence that a North Korean submarine was involved- and hence, the South announced a package of reprisals, including a halt to most trade.
The foreign ministers of both regional groups made a joint statement at the end of the one-day annual conference - "The ministers reiterated their deep concern over the rising tension following the sinking of the Cheonan and the recent publication of the findings of an investigation conducted by the Republic of Korea"
"The ministers reiterated their support for the six-party talks as the best means to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner."
The ministers were due to discuss a large number of issues, among them climate change, terrorism, piracy, nuclear non-proliferation, natural disasters, and EU and ASEAN relations with China.
ASEAN, EU urge restraint in Korean crisis [Channel News Asia, 27 May 2010]
Thirty years on, EU and ASEAN seek stronger partnership [Economic Times, 26 May 2010]