The Spokesperson of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission has expressed concern about recent incidents involving China and Vietnam relating to the movements of the Chinese oil rig 981.

“In particular, the EU is concerned that unilateral actions could affect the security environment in the region, as evidenced by reports about the recent collision of Vietnamese and Chinese vessels,” the spokesperson said in a statement issued on May 8 in Brussels.

The spokesperson urged all parties concerned to seek peaceful and cooperative solutions in accordance with international law, in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and to continue ensuring safety and freedom of navigation.

“We also call on the parties to undertake de-escalating measures and refrain from any unilateral action which would be detrimental to peace and stability in the region,” the statement said, adding that the EU will keep following the developments closely.

Meanwhile, the United Nations spokesperson Ferhan Haq told the Vietnam News Agency on May 8 that the UN hopes concerned parties solve the dispute in a peaceful manner.-VNA