Vietnam urges compliance with international law on the East Sea

Thursday, 2013-05-09 23:59:00
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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi said all activities of parties in the East Sea must comply with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and respect the sovereignty and jurisdiction rights of the nations involved.


Spokesperson Nghi made this statement on May 9 at the ministry’s regular press briefing in Hanoi in response to reporters’questions about Vietnam’s reaction to China’s deployment of 32 fishing boats to the Truong Sa archipelago area on May 6.

He said Vietnam affirms its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, and all activities of parties in this area conducted without Vietnamese approval violate the country’s sovereignty.

He added that Vietnam will closely monitor all developments related to the Chinese deployment.

On a separate matter, he said Vietnam congratulates Brazilian ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo, who was elected as the new WTO Director General for the 2013 – 2017 tenure.

Vietnam believes that Ambassador Azevedo will continue consolidating and improving the role of the multilateral trade system, particularly the WTO’s part, in order to overcome the current challenges and create a driving force for global economic recovery, he said.

Vietnam will also continue striving to achieve such goals regarding member countries, he concluded.


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