|Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam called on all countries to actively contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, and respect international law, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh.
Binh made the statement yesterday in reply to reporters' queries regarding Viet Nam's response to the US freedom of navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of Tri Ton Island in Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on January 30.
"Once again, we affirm Viet Nam's indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago as well as Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelago," he said.
As a member country of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), Viet Nam respects innocent passage in territorial waters in line with rules stipulated in international law, especially the convention, the spokesman said. — VNS