Moscow workshop seeks solutions to East Sea disputes
Updated : Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:10 PM (GMT+0700)

TheInternational Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the Peace Foundationof Russia have jointly held an international workshop in Moscow to discuss thecurrent situation in the East Sea and feasible solutions to disputes.

Overview of the workshop - Photo: VNA

The event, running fromSeptember 20-22, drew IADL leaders as well as lawyers and experts from variouscountries, including Belgium, Russia, Italy, France, India, Japan, China, theRepublic of Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Participants analysed thecurrent situation in the East Sea and made recommendations on measures tohandle disputes in the waters in a peaceful manner.

They held that although theEast Sea situation seems to have calmed down compared to the time when thePermanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling was given in July 2016, there aremany complicated latent problems in the sea, one of which is the illegalconstruction and reinforcement of artificial islands as well as militarizationactivities in the waters.

Some delegates voiced theiropinions that China’s “nine-dash line” claims in the East Sea are groundlessand do not abide to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

Participants also suggesteda number of solutions to deal with disputes in a peaceful manner, including theuse of mediation, arbitration and open consultation mechanisms in line withUNCLOS regulations. However, they asserted that in any solution, all partiesmust strictly abide by international law, including the PCA ruling on East Seaissue and the settlement of disputes through multilateral mechanisms.

At the event, IADL PresidentJeanne Mirer lauded the ideas and recommendations of delegates. She said thatover the past years, the IADL has called for peaceful settlement of disputes inthe East Sea in line with international law, as the disputes directly threatenpeace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

She asked all delegates toreport the outcomes of the event to their governments for consideration towardsapplying suitable ideas.

Mirer also suggested thatall relevant parties end militarization activities as well as the illegalconsolidation and reinforcement of artificial islands, in order to start theprocess of trust building to maintain and protect the ecosystem in the region.

She also stressed the needfor strict obedience of international law, especially the UNCLOS, includingstate’s obligations in ensuring maritime and overflight rights, as well aspeaceful settlement of disputes without using or threatening to use force.

She asked the IADL membersto continue keeping a close watch on East Sea developments to give timelyadvice.

IADL is a non-governmentalorganisation serving as the advisory body of the UN Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC). Founded in 1946, the organisation has implemented its role insupporting and maintaining international law, protecting the rights of statesin development, economic fairness and access to technology advances as well asnatural resources.


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