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Viet Nam affirms island sovereignty

Update: July, 19/2012 - 14:00

HA NOI — A representative from the Foreign Ministry's National Border Committee said Viet Nam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.

The statement was made yesterday following a report on July 15 by Taiwan 's Liberty Times website that Taiwan is considering extending an aircraft runway by an additional 500m on Ba Binh island in Viet Nam's Truong Sa archipelago.

On the same day, the Taiwan Central News Agency (CNA) reported that Taiwan sent a delegation of young scholars from Cheng Gong University to visit the island.

"Activities by parties in the Truong Sa archipelago without Viet Nam's permission violate Viet Nam's sovereignty and international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and go against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) while also causing tension in the East Sea," the representative stressed.

The representative also asked Taiwan to stop similar activities and plans.

Earlier, in an article dated July 11 on the Feng Huang website, a member of the Taiwanese Kuomingtang Party's Central Committee, Kou Yi, said the waters around Tai Ping island (which is called Ba Binh in Viet Nam) belongs to Taiwan.

Responding to reporters' queries, the Foreign Ministry's National Border Committee representative rejected the "wrong statement". — VNS

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