MOFA’s Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi answers the journalist’s questions on October 20th, 2011
10-28-2011, 09:29 pm
1. Question: Could you explain the significance of the “Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea- related issues between Viet Nam and China”? Which steps will be taken following the agreement?
The signing of the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues is of great importance, a positive step forward in negotiation to settle sea-related issues. The Agreement has identified basic principles guiding the settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means, based on international laws and taking into account concerning party’s interests. Either a temporary solution or a lasting solution for disputes in the East Sea requires efforts and good will of both sides, respect for and observance of principles of International laws, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS and DOC as stated in the Agreement.
2. Question: Could you comment on foreign media which criticize the “Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea- related issues between Viet Nam and China” as a retreat from the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and that Viet Nam and China have agreed to bilaterally resolve disputes in the East Sea, including those involving other parties?
With the above-mentioned agreement, Viet Nam and China agreed to bilaterally settle those sea-related disputes that solely involve Viet Nam and China; disputes that involve other countries will be negotiated with these countries (Paragraph 3 of the Agreement). This is totally in line with DOC and Viet Nam’s consistent position on the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea: disputes that involve two countries will be settled bilaterally between two concerning countries; disputes that involve other countries will be negotiated and settled among parties concerned; regional and global issues must be settled through appropriate multilateral approach. Therefore, it would be groundless to claim that the agreement is a retreat from DOC.
3. Question: Could you inform us of contents of draft Law of the Sea?
Like other coastal nations, it is necessary and normal for Viet Nam to develop a law to regulate sea-related economic, social, security and national defense activities, in accordance with international practices and meeting the demand for national construction and development.
Like other draft laws, the Law of the Sea will be drafted, considered, discussed and adopted according to the law-making procedures stipulated in legal regulations.
Based on the drafting process, the National Assembly will consider and make decision over which draft law to be discussed or adopted.
I do not want to go into details when this draft law is in the consideration process of the National Assembly.