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Vietnam welcomes G7 statement

Released at: 22:46, 15/04/2016

Vietnam welcomes G7 statement

Vietnam asks all parties concerned to make practical contributions to maritime peace and stability.

by Minh Tuyet

Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman Le Hai Binh told a press briefing in Hanoi on April 14 that Vietnam appreciates the statement made at the G7 Ministerial Meeting on security, which aims at ensuring maritime and aviation security and safety and respecting international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Mr. Binh added that Vietnam has asked all parties concerned to make practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability and to respect the laws on seas and oceans.

The foreign ministers of G7 countries met in Japan on April 10 and released a statement the following day, opposing all provocation in the East Sea and South China Sea, where China has been involved in territorial disputes with countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan.

The statement reads: “We express our strong opposition to any intimidating, coercive or provocative unilateral actions that could alter the status quo and increase tensions, and urge all states to refrain from such actions as land reclamations, including large scale ones, building of outposts as well as their use for military purposes, and to act in accordance with international law, including the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight.”

The G7 Foreign Ministers also called on all states to pursue the peaceful management and settlement of maritime disputes in good faith and in accordance with international law and to fully implement any decisions rendered by the relevant courts and tribunals that are binding on them, including those provided under UNCLOS. 

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