Vietnam asks countries to respect and implement law on territorial waters hinh anh 1Spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Vietnam has called on countries to continue making active and practical contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability as well as respect and implement relevant international legal obligations on territorial waters and oceans, according to spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.

She made the statement in response to reporters’ queries on February 15 about the recent US naval vessel’s passing through the area of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

The spokesperson said Vietnam’s stance on sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea is clear and in accordance with international law, which has been emphasised many times.

As a member country of the United Nations 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and a nation in the coastal area of the East Sea, Vietnam always respects the freedom of navigation and aviation of countries in the East Sea, in line with the provisions of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

The maritime policies and related actions of coastal countries should be consistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 UNCLOS, Hang said.-VNA