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EU envoy pushes East Sea trading

Update: June, 05/2015 - 08:57
EU envoy to Viet Nam Franz Jesse speaks at the workshop. — Photo vnmedia

HA NOI (VNS) — All East Sea territory claimants should seek a long-term resolution to settle the disputes through dialogue and negotiations based on international law, EU envoy to Viet Nam Franz Jessen said yesterday.

This would ensure prosperity for the whole region, he told a two-day high-level workshop held at the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV) in Ha Noi.

The workshop discussed maritime issues and gathered different approaches and experiences of European and Asian nations in resolving sea territory disputes through the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

More than 140 Vietnamese and international European law experts as well as diplomats and government officials attended the workshop.

They analysed several issues including the legal regime for maritime zones and maritime security, maritime delimitation and dispute settlement.

The workshop discussed maritime issues and gathered different approaches and experiences of European and Asian nations in resolving sea territory disputes through the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). — VNA/VNS Photo Van Duc

"Southeast Asian security and stability is a precondition for the regions' continued economic success. Southeast Asian nations cannot allow maritime disputes to pose a threat to the maritime safety, freedom of navigation and peace of the nearby seas," Jessen said.

DAV President Dang Dinh Quy also highlighted the key role international law plays in resolving disputes, saying it "should and must be considered as the basis of consensus and co-operation instead of disagreement."

He hoped that the workshop's discussions on the rationale application of UNCLOS would help generate recommendations for "better dispute management and prevention of conflicts, aiming for adequate settlement of territorial disputes and thus, prompting peace and development co-operation."

The East Sea is the world's second busiest sea lane through which more than half of the world's supertankers pass and US$5.3 trillion worth of annual trade is conducted.

China claims most of the East Sea, but this is hotly disputed by the Philippines, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. — VNS

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