|Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam welcomes Cuba and the US's opening of their respective embassies in one another's countries, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said at a regular press conference yesterday.
Viet Nam considered the opening of the embassies a positive, concrete step toward normalising relations for the legitimate interests of the countries' peoples, Binh said.
The move also helped sustain peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world at large, he added.
Regarding the Viet Nam-Cambodia border situation, Binh said relevant Vietnamese and Cambodian agencies have worked together to control the border situation and not let it affect the countries' friendship. He made the remark in response to reporters' queries about measures to prevent more disturbances in border areas.
Viet Nam and Cambodia made an agreement on activities in their joint border areas, especially those that have not been demarcated or planted with markers, he said, noting that recent disturbances in the border areas did not comply with their bilateral agreements.
The countries also agreed to accelerate negotiations on demarcation and border-marker planting, Binh added.
Viet Nam did not wish to comment on the letters Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen sent to the UN Secretary-General and leaders of the UK, the US and France to borrow the Bonne map that defines the borderline between Viet Nam and Cambodia, Binh said.
In 1985 Viet Nam and Cambodia signed the Treaty on the Delimitation of National Boundaries, which took effect in 1986. In 2005 they inked a supplementary agreement to the 1985 Treaty.
Binh emphasised that the border demarcation and border-marker planting was bilateral work between Viet Nam and Cambodia. It was conducted on the basis of the two aforementioned documents and other related bilateral agreements in line with international law and practices.
China's military drill
Also at the regular press conference, Binh said China's military drilling near islands and reefs northeast of Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago severely violates Viet Nam's sovereignty over the chain of islands.
He said that on Monday China's Maritime Safety Administration announced the country would conduct a military drill from Wednesday to the end of July in the same area.
The action ignored Viet Nam's sovereignty over the archipelago and ran counter to common perceptions reached by the two countries' leaders, Binh said. It also hampered the development of bilateral relations, escalated tensions, complicated the situation and threatened maritime security and safety in the region.
Viet Nam opposed the actions and vehemently demanded that China respect Viet Nam's sovereignty, immediately desist and not repeat any actions that could complicate the situation, the spokesman said.
Regarding the unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231 endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear programme, Binh said Viet Nam applauded the ratification of the resolution on Monday and advocated for the effective implementation of the document. It will help ensure regional and global peace, stability, co-operation and development.
When asked about reports that Singapore did not permit a number of female Vietnamese tourists to enter, the spokesman quoted the Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore as saying on Wednesday that Singapore has yet to make any official announcements on the issue to Viet Nam.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered its agencies and the embassy to liaise with local authorised bodies to verify related information and work out appropriate settlement measures in order to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens on the basis of bilateral and ASEAN agreements, Binh said. — VNS