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Nation adheres responsibly to UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Update: December, 12/2012 - 09:46

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam has respected the objectives and principles of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) along all 3,260 km of coastline, said Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, head of the Permanent Representative Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations, at a ceremony hosted by the UN General Assembly in New York on December 10 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention's signing.

Viet Nam has always actively applied the provisions of UNCLOS to sea-related issues, and calls upon other countries to fully implement the Convention to build a world of peace, stability and sustainable development, he said.

Speaking at the event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that when the Convention was signed in 1982, it was called a "constitution for the oceans".

Like a constitution, the document serves as a firm foundation for order, stability, predictability and security – all based on the rule of law, he said.

On the occasion, Viet Nam circulated at the United Nations a report on its implementation of UNCLOS as a responsible party of the Convention. — VNS

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