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Viet Nam protects sovereignty in East Sea

Update: January, 09/2015 - 09:31
Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang.— VNA/VNS Photo An Dang

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's authorised agencies were tasked with firmly safeguarding the country's sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea, Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang told reporters at a regular press conference in Ha Noi yesterday.

She was responding to a reporters' question regarding China's movement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 rig in the East Sea.

Hang said as a party to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), Viet Nam had always fully implemented all of its rights and obligations in line with international law, contributing to peace, stability, security, freedom and safety of navigation in the East Sea.

The country pursued a consistent policy of solving East Sea issues by peaceful measures on the basis of internationally-recognised principles, especially the 1982 UNCLOS and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in East Sea (DOC).

She added Viet Nam strongly opposed acts that violated its sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in its waters.

The Chinese rig was illegally positioned in Viet Nam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone in early May, 2014 and then move out of Viet Nam's waters on July 16, 2014.

Rescued women

Regarding the recent rescue of 136 Vietnamese women from a nightclub in Kuala Lumpur, Hang reported that the ministry had instructed the embassy to co-ordinate with relevant Malaysian agencies to verify the case as well as identify those involved before bringing them home.

According to the embassy, it had received the list of the 136 women provided by Malaysian police and was assured that all the women had been sent to a social protection centre and were in good health.

It said an embassy representative would pay a consular visit to the women after an appropriate time was arranged by the Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.

Earlier, New Straits Times reported Malaysian police freed 184 foreign women aged between 21 and 38 in a nightclub raid on P.Ramlee Street in Kuala Lumpur on the night of January 3. The women, including 136 from Viet Nam, 17 from the Philippines, 17 from Uzbekistan, four from Indonesia, four from Thailand, four from Armenia and two from Russia, were suspected of being victims of a human trafficking ring.

Immigration law

Regarding regulations on immigration and migration, the diplomat said the Law on Immigration, Migration and Residence of Foreigners in Viet Nam approved on June 16, 2014 by the National Assembly had come into force on January 1, 2015.

The law includes new regulations in compliance with international practices.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was co-ordinating with competent agencies to guide the implementation of the law with a view to facilitating foreign entries, exits and residence in Viet Nam. — VNS

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