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Concerns raised over nation's sea and island sovereignty

Update: May, 15/2013 - 09:13
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and voters in Ha Noi's Hoan Kiem District.—VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)—Voters in Ha Noi's Hoan Kiem District expressed their worries over the country's island and sea sovereignty during their meeting with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday.

They suggested that greater priorities should be given to people living in coastal and island areas, especially investment policies regarding health, education and supportive measures for fishermen.

However, the voters acknowledged that the Party and Government have adopted many sound policies to facilitate the production and business activities of people living in coastal and island areas.

Party General Secretary Trong emphasised that the Party has adopted a Resolution on Viet Nam's Sea Strategy to 2020 and the National Assembly has approved the Law of the Sea of Viet Nam.

Both are intended to protect national independence and sovereignty while maintaining peace and stability, he said.

Policies to develop peoples' lives in the coastal and island areas include safeguarding petrol prices for fishing boats, equipment for offshore fishing activities, electricity and safe water supplies, as well as the construction of schools, hospitals and other infrastructure systems, he said.

Voters also expressed concerns about the effectiveness of conducting votes of confidence on persons holding positions elected or approved by the National Assembly or People's Councils.

According to the voters, if this is not implemented strictly and fairly, it will bring about inaccurate results.

Trong highlighted that this was imperative to ensure the NA deputies are objective, lucid and well-qualified.

He expressed his hope that voters would keep contributing their opinions to NA deputies so that they can obtain sound information about the people they vote for.

Voters suggested there should have an official system to collect and implement their opinions and suggestions.

Trong said relevant authorities should increase the number of meetings and dialogue exchanges with voters. — VNS





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