|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng underlined Việt Nam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through waters off Việt Nam’s Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago, while responding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on Wednesday.
“Việt Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence testifying its sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in conformity with international law,” the spokesperson said.
She stressed that as a member of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and a coastal state in the East Sea, Việt Nam always respects the right to freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea of other states in line with international law, especially the UNCLOS 1982.
Maritime claims and related actions of coastal states should be made suitable to international law as stated in the UNCLOS 1982, she stated.
“Việt Nam requests other countries to continue making positive and practical contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability, while respecting and conducting relevant international obligations, and upholding the law in seas and oceans,” the spokesperson underlined. — VNS