Vietnam requests other countries to respect international law
Updated : Friday, January 11, 2019 2:24 PM (GMT+0700)

Foreign MinistrySpokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang underlined Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USSMcCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters, whileresponding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on January 9. 

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang - Photo: VNA

“Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidencetestifying its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly)archipelagoes in conformity with international law”, the spokesperson said.

She stressed that as a member of the UN Convention on the Lawof the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and a coastal state in the East Sea, Vietnam alwaysrespects the right to freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea ofother states in line with international law, especially the UNCLOS 1982.

Maritime claims and related actions of coastal states shouldbe made suitable to international law as stated in the UNCLOS 1982, she stated.

“Vietnam requests other countries to continue making positiveand practical contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability, whilerespecting and conducting relevant international obligations, and upholding thelaw in seas and oceans”, the spokesperson underlined.

Source: VNA 

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