East Sea issue should be addressed in peaceful manner: experts hinh anh 1Participants at the dialogue (Source: VNA)
Jakarta (VNA) – Sea law experts and researchers, policy makers, diplomats and scholars have agreed on the need to address disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures in line with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 and the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

During an ASEAN dialogue on international law on the sea hosted by the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Jakarta on March 17, they discussed issues concerning international cooperation and measures to address disputes of territorial waters in the region.

Dr. Robert Beckman, Director of the Centre for International La w under the National University of Singapore stressed that it is necessary to base on the UNCLOS 1982 and the DOC and promptly work towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Sovereignty disputes in the East Sea should be solved on the basis of legal regulations, he said, adding that this is a long-term measure requiring great efforts from all relevant parties.

Participants said the sea brings in huge economic interests and contributes to prosperity of many countries but it is also posing a challenge to security in Southeast Asia.

Effective management and preservation of marine resources as well as sea environmental protection in the region is crucial to relevant countries to implement their duties and pursue interests, they stressed.

According to Indonesia’s Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Resources Arif Havas Oegroseno, all parties need to strictly abide by international law, especially UNCLOS 1982, to share mutual benefits.

As maritime trade plays an increasing important role in the global economy, links in the field should be considered responsibility of all relevant countries, he noted.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Hoang Anh Tuan said nations’ collaboration to seek solutions to disputes will help promote cooperation and peace in the region.

Attendees also highlighted the centre role of ASEAN in addressing disputes in the sea and dealing with maritime crime, sea resources and environment security in the region.

With three separate sessions, the dialogue focused on development of maritime law and cooperation within ASEAN; solutions to conflicts, transnational crime, marine resources and navigation security in the region; and UNCLOS 1982 and its importance.-VNA