Vietnam takes East Sea territorial dispute to UN

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(VOV) -Vietnam has asked the United Nations to take international jurisdiction over the East Sea territorial dispute and put an end to China’s blatant violation of international law and continued provocations in the region.

In its letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated May 28, theVietnamese Permanent Missionto theUN stated in clear and unequivocal words, its opposition to China’s detestable actions that violate Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction following the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The letter included a copy of a diplomatic note sent to the Chinese Foreign ministry asking China to end its illegal action in Vietnam’s territorial waters, delineating with specificity Vietnam’s legal and rational basis for its claim of sovereignty over the areas where the rig was located.

The document stated in strong terms Vietnam’s opposition against China’s feckless arguments that its placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig is in the so-called “Xisha” islands which is Chinese territory. The Chinese arguments, which refer to Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, which were first illegally occupied by China in 1974, are baseless and without merit on their face.

Vietnam has repeatedly requested China remove its oil rig and escort ships from Vietnam’s waters and stop all provocative actions that pose a threat to peace, stability and maritime safety and security in the region.

The country also refuted China’s statement accusing Vietnam of designating 57 oil and gas blocs in the disputed waters, including 7 oil and gas fields and 37 drilling platforms.

Vietnam reaffirmed its viewpoint that China does not rely on any legal theory grounded in the law or fact; therefore, Vietnam has resolutely rejected this wrongful opinion and announced that all of Vietnam’s operations are conducted in its continental shelf in accordance with the UNCLOS.

The diplomatic note emphasized that after China withdraws its oil rig, the two sides will sit down at the negotiating table and in good faith discuss measures to resolve the situation and settle sea-related issues.

The Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the UN asked the UN Secretary General to circulate its diplomatic note as an official document of the 68th session of UN General Assembly.

On May 29, the Mission also issued a press release on the above-mentioned issue.

Earlier on May 9, the UN published a diplomatic note of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, opposing China’s illegal placement of Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereignty over sea and islands.

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