President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, Pascal Deguilhem, has spoken highly of Vietnam’s efforts in dealing with disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means and dialogue.

Hosting a press conference in Hanoi on June 3, he stated that his group raised its voice on May 3, expressing its concern about China’s illegal placement of its Haiyan Shiyou-981 drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters, which triggered tensions in the East Sea.

The group holds out hope that the sides involved soon seek peaceful solutions to the issue on the grounds of international law.

Pascal added that the group’s members are interested in both the internal and external affairs of Vietnam.

Regarding the need for all countries to observe international law in ensuring peace and stability, he said France has consistently pursued a viewpoint that highlights the respect of international law and the use of dialogue to seek solutions.

Any activity using force without a legitimate reason must be condemned, he said, referring to a Chinese ship sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat.

On June 2, Pascal was received by National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son and held talks with Phung Quoc Hien, President of the Vietnam-France Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group.-VNA