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Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian government and the United Nations (UN) co-hosted the first training conference on the Law of the Sea in Jakarta from December 12-14, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The event was meant to implement the action plan for the ASEAN-UN Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership for 2016-2020 and build capacity via legal and technical training on the Law of the Sea, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS.

Speaking at the event, Vice Ambassador of Germany to Indonesia Hendrik Barkeling expressed Germany’s stance on abiding by the 1982 UNCLOS, adding that Germany and the European Union have worked closely with the ASEAN member states to maintain peace and maritime freedom in the East Sea.

He expressed his hope that countries concerned would peacefully settle disputes in line with international law.

Hikarico from the Japanese Delegation to ASEAN reiterated Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement in 2014 that the settlement of disputes in the East Sea should comply with the 1982 UNCLOS. Countries involved should clearly determine their baselines in line with international law, refrain from the use of force, and join negotiations to settle disputes, as well as seek long-term solutions to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea.

During the three-day event, delegates will hear reports and discuss the UNCLOS, its relation to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, rights and obligations to maritime security and safety, marine environment and maritime biodiversity, dispute settlement, and more.-VNA