All countries should adhere to 1982 UNCLOS: Spokesperson

All countries should adhere to international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) and regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference held by the ministry on June 9.

The Spokesperson made the comment while answering a question regarding information that an Australian plane was disturbed by a Chinese fighter jet in the airspace belonging to Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

She stated that nations should not escalate tensions in the region and they should make practical contributions to maintaining peace, stability, security, order, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

“Vietnam once again asserts that it has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes,” she stressed.

On this occasion, the Spokesperson also replied to a question regarding Cambodia’s construction of the Ream Naval Base, which began on June 8. Western officials held that it is to serve the Chinese army to increase China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

In this regard, she reiterated Vietnam’s consistent stance that the country always wishes to maintain and consolidate its good cooperative ties with countries worldwide, and that cooperation between countries should benefit peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.

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(Source: VNA)