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VN calls for law of the sea compliance

Update: May, 10/2013 - 10:03
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi.—VNS File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi said all activities of parties in the East Sea must comply with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, while respecting the sovereignty and jurisdiction of concerned nations.

Nghi made the statement at the ministry's regular press briefing in Ha Noi yesterday in response to reporters' queries on Viet Nam's reaction to China 's deployment of 32 fishing boats to the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago area on Monday.

Viet Nam reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, and all activities of parties in this area conducted without Viet Nam's approval violated the country's sovereignty, Nghi said.

He said Viet Nam would closely monitor all developments relating to the issue.

On a separate matter, Nghi said Viet Nam congratulated Brazilian Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo, who has been elected as the new WTO Director General for the 2013 – 2017 tenure.

Viet Nam believed that Azevedo would continue consolidating and improving the role of the multilateral trade system in general and the WTO in particular to overcome current challenges and create a driving force for global economic recovery, he said.

Viet Nam would continue striving to realise such goals with member countries, Nghi concluded. — VNS

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