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Viet Nam affirms rights to islands

Update: February, 24/2012 - 10:49

HA NOI — Viet Nam has reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos following reports by Chinese media that China is planning to build a fishing base on Phu Lam island of Hoang Sa and in the Truong Sa archipelago.

Luong Thanh Nghi, a spokesman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry yesterday declared that Viet Nam has the sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and ruled out any dispute on the matter.

Answering a question put by reporters on Viet Nam's reaction to the reports by Chinese media, Nghi said "any activities conducted in the two archipelagos without Viet Nam's permission are an encroachment on its sovereignty."

He said such activities would only make the situation in the East Sea further complicated and more serious. The Chinese plan also violated the agreement on basic principles to settle issues related to the East Sea, an agreement signed by China and Viet Nam.

Nghi said the plan went against the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the East Sea as well as their commitments to maintain stability and peace in the region.

"Viet Nam demands that China stop such activities immediately and scrap projects that encroach upon Viet Nam's sovereignty, to protect peace and stability in the East Sea and to seriously implement the DOC," Nghi said. — VNS

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