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Ly Son to host seminar on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa islands

Update: April, 23/2013 - 10:06

Viet Nam Museum of Oceanography guide Trinh Thi Thu Minh introduces an ancient map that demonstrates Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes to foreign visitors - Photo vov

HA NOI (VNS)— An international seminar putting the spotlight on Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes will take place from April 27-29 on Ly Son Island, home to the Hoang Sa Flotilla which safeguarded the islands hundreds of years ago.

Around 50 people, including scholars, lawyers and historians from both home and abroad, will join representatives from Vietnamese ministries at the seminar, according to organisers.

The newspaper Ha Noi Moi yesterday reported that presentations and discussions will outline international laws regulating historical sovereignty and boundary delimitation.

The seminar aims to prove, using historical and legal evidence, that Viet Nam has peacefully held continuous sovereignty over the two archipelagoes in line with international law.

Talks at the three-day event will also consider the road towards peaceful settlements of territorial disputes in the East Sea.

Organised by the Quang Ngai provincial People's Committee and the local University of Pham Van Dong, the seminar has its date set to coincide with the Hoang Sa Soldier Feast and Commemoration Festival, which takes place in the province from April 25-29.

The festival is a traditional ceremony which has been observed for hundreds of years by families on Ly Son Island to pay tribute to local men enlisted in the Hoang Sa Flotilla, tasked with patrolling the archipelagoes to tap natural resources and defend Vietnamese sovereignty. — VNS

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