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Vietnam again urges restraint in East Sea

Released at: 10:09, 24/02/2017

Vietnam again urges restraint in East Sea

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Foreign Ministry spokesman calls for parties to refrain from taking any further action that may make East Sea situation more complicated.

by Quoc Uy

Reacting to reports that China has almost completed the construction of more than 20 structures on artificial islands in the East Sea that could be storage facilities for long-range surface-to-air missiles, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said that Vietnam has reiterated its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes and holds that all construction and reclamation at the two archipelagoes without Vietnam’s permission are illegal.

Mr. Binh made the statement in Hanoi on February 23.

“Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence” to prove its sovereignty over the two archipelagos, he said, adding that it will verify the above information.

He highlighted Vietnam’s consistent stance is settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and with the full and effective observance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

“Vietnam urges related parties to behave in a responsible manner and refrain from taking any action that could further complicate the situation, particularly militarization that threatens peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea,” he said.

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