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VN backs peaceful solutions to disputes in East Sea

VGP – Viet Nam welcomes the recent statement from the G7 Summit with its commitment on safeguarding security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight, and international law, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh.

June 03, 2016 8:54 AM GMT+7

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh

The spokesperson made the point on June 2 in Ha Noi at a regular press conference.

Mr. Binh underlined Viet Nam’s view concerning the international Arbitral Tribunal’s upcoming judgment on the Philippine’s lawsuit against the U-shaped line that China unilaterally initiated in the East Sea. 

“As a country that is directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Viet Nam pursues a consistent policy of settling disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means in line with international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” he said.

“We hope that the International Arbitral Court will make a fair objective judgment in line with international law and asked involved parties to respect international legal obligations as stipulated in UNCLOS,” he added.

The spokesperson underlined that Viet Nam urged other countries to contribute further to maintaining peace, stability and upholding law at sea and on the ocean.  

*The diplomat announced that the 12th ASEAN – China senior officials’ meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) will take place in Viet Nam’s Ha Long city on June 9. 

Earlier, on June 8, the ASEAN – China joint working group will convene the 17th special-level meeting on carrying out the DOC and consultation on a code of conduct in the East Sea (COC). 

* The Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-La Dialogue will take place in Singapore. Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh will lead the Vietnamese delegation to the event from June 3 – 5./.

By Kim Loan