§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether events and claims in the South China Sea are such that "preventive diplomacy" (see the UN Secretary General's report of 31st January, An Agenda for Peace-Preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping, para.20) should be initiated.
§ Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
The countries of the region, including parties to the disputes, welcomed the declaration made by ASEAN Foreign Ministers at their meeting in Manila on 22nd July 1992, urging peaceful resolution of all territorial claims in the South China Sea. Her Majesty's Government consider that these activities fall under the definition of "preventive diplomacy" given in para.20 of the UN Secretary General's report.