|More than 1,000 Buddhist monks, nuns and followers in HCM City prayed for peace in the East Sea yesterday following China's illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnamese waters. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's law enforcement forces yesterday detected that China's oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981, illegally stationed in Vietnamese waters, might not be fixed in a stable position.
According to Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Department, as of Saturday, China still maintained up to 40 coast guard ships, 30 transport vessels and tugboats, 45 fishing boats and four warships around the area where the illegal rig has been set up.
Meanwhile, Viet Nam also kept its law enforcement forces at the site, opposing and requesting the Chinese side to withdraw its rig from Viet Nam's waters immediately.
Vietnamese fisheries surveillance ships operated about 6 to 8 nautical miles from the rig, while fishing boats worked 25 to 30 nautical miles west and south of the rig, struggling to maintain their normal operations in their traditional fishing grounds.
Regarding the wooden DNa 90152 ship belonging to Da Nang fishermen, which was sunk by the Chinese iron vessel 11209 on May 26, the fisheries surveillance force, in collaboration with local authorities, is raising it and will work to repair it.
The Vietnamese ship was attacked while it was operating in its traditional fishing waters near Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. The incident occurred at 4 pm at a site 17 nautical miles from China's illegal rig.
On May 27, China moved the rig to a new location, which is 25 nautical miles from Tri Ton Island in Viet Nam's Hoang Sa archipelago and 23 nautical miles east-northeast from the old location, still completely within Viet Nam's continental shelf.
Directly following China's illegal action in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone last month, Viet Nam's permanent mission to the United Nations sent a letter to the organisation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking him to circulate a diplomatic note from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry to the Chinese Foreign Ministry as an official document of the 68th session of the General Assembly.
The diplomatic note protested China's refusal to end violations of Viet Nam's sovereignty and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone prescribed by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, of which both Viet Nam and China are members.
"Viet Nam attaches great importance to the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with China and is willing to settle peacefully all disputes and differences concerning sea-related issues between the two countries through bilateral negotiations on the basis of international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 and the ‘Viet Nam-China Agreement on Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Maritime Issues'", the note said. "Pending a fundamental and durable solution to the East Sea disputes, Viet Nam requests the Chinese side work with Viet Nam to put the situation under control with a view to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea and, at the same time, to take active measures to promote the current negotiations on maritime issues between the two countries." — VNS