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G-7 opposes S China Sea reclamation, urges Ukraine cease-fire

Update: June, 09/2015 - 13:41

MUNICH — Group of Seven leaders on Monday strongly opposed "large scale land reclamation" in the South China Sea and called for full implementation of a cease-fire in Ukraine.

"We strongly oppose the use of intimidation, coercion or force, as well as any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo, such as large scale land reclamation," the leaders said in a declaration issued after a two-day summit at Schloss Elmau, a resort in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany.

"We are concerned by tensions in the East and South China Seas," the G-7 declaration said.

"We are committed to maintaining a rules-based order in the maritime domain based on the principles of international law."

Speaking at a post-summit news conference, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "Whether it is Europe, Asia or anywhere in the world, we can never let the status quo changed unilaterally by force. We can never allow to go unchecked the use of force by the mightier to twist the weaker around."

"Japan's position is clear and consistent. We attach great importance to the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Abe said.

Referring to the recent upsurge of violence between separatists and Ukraine government forces in eastern Ukraine, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States demanded that all sides "fully implement" a cease-fire agreement struck in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

The duration of sanctions on Russia should be clearly linked to Russia's complete implementation of the Minsk accord, the declaration said.

Japan will host next year's summit in Shima, a central Japan city famous for its saw-tooth coastline some 300 kilometres west of Tokyo. — KYODO

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