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Scarborough Shoal dispute ‘of concern'

Update: April, 26/2012 - 09:40

HA NOI — Viet Nam is deeply concerned over the ongoing Scarborough Shoal dispute between the Philippines and China, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi in response to media queries yesterday.

"We think that the concerned parties need to practise restraint and peacefully resolve the disputes based on international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982 and the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC), to maintain peace, stability, security and maritime safety in the East Sea and region," Nghi said.

In another statement over the tension between Sudan and South Sudan, the spokesman also said Viet Nam was "deeply concerned".

"Viet Nam calls for concerned parties to abide by the international law and signed agreements, to restrain themselves and keep tensions from escalating while working on resolving disagreements by peaceful negotiations," Nghi said. — VNS

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