PM affirms resolute measures to protect nations’ sacred sovereignty

Wednesday, 2014-07-16 18:05:22
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China’s placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig with escort ships and aircrafts operation in Vietnam’s waters has seriously violated the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam in the East Sea.
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Nhan Dan Online – Vietnam always insists on the integrity of its resolute struggle to protect the national sacred sovereignty with synchronous measures consistent with international law, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has affirmed.

Speaking at a Government working session on legislative work in Hanoi on July 16, the PM asked China not to bring its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 back to Vietnam’s waters or violate the sovereignty of Vietnam.

In reply to the news that China moved the rig that it has illegally placed in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone since early May, PM Dung said that Vietnam always attaches special importance to friendly relations and fruitful co-operation with China on the basis of equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit and mutual development. In that spirit, Vietnam is willing to negotiate peacefully with China and other parties to settle disputes in the East Sea in accordance with international law, he affirmed.

PM Dung also highly appreciated and praised related authorities, law enforcement forces at sea, fishermen, and compatriots both at home and abroad who with ardent patriotism have demonstrated their attitude and high responsibility in practicing uncompromising measures to protect the sacred sovereignty of the country.

Vietnam extended its thanks and wishes to continue to receive support from the international community for the justness of Vietnam’s stance over the issue, strongly condemning the violations of international law that threaten peace and stability in the region.

PM Dung emphasised that protecting sovereignty is a sacred task that requires all Vietnamese people to regularly, actively and resolutely fight against all infringements of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. He urged all the people to unite as one, striving to successfully carry out socio-economic development tasks and enhance the nation’s capabilities in all aspects.

At the meeting, leaders of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered reports updating information related to China’s illegal placement of its drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters. China’s oil rig was moving towards China’s Hainan Island as of yesterday evening and this morning the rig and escort ships were moving out of Vietnam’s waters.

Prior to that, since May 2, China has illegally placed its drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters, while dispatching hundreds of escort vessels, including a large fleet of armed ships and aircrafts.

Chinese ships had aggressively collided and fired high-pressure water cannon, causing damage to many Vietnamese ships and injuring Vietnamese law enforcement officers at the site.

More seriously, Chinese ships sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel, threatening the lives of Vietnamese fishermen.

These acts seriously infringed the sovereignty and jurisdiction of Vietnam, violating international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and agreements between the two countries' high-ranking leaders, as well as threatening peace, stability, security, and navigation and aviation safety and freedom in the region.

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