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Viet Nam Bar Federation protests Chinese violation of int’l law
07-03-2012, 11:59 am

(VNA - 02/07/2012) - The Viet Nam Bar Federation (VBF) has released a statement opposing China’s violation of international laws through the establishment of the so-called Sansha city, which comprises Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.
“Viet Nam has full legal and historical evidence to assert its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. China’s decision to establish the so-called Sansha city infringed Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes and seriously violated basic principles of international law and the United Nations Charter,” says the VBF. 

The VBF also strongly condemns and opposes the invitation for bids for nine lots in the East Sea by the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). 

These lots are situated within Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, around 13 nautical miles from Viet Nam’s Phu Quy island at the closest point and around 60 nautical miles from Viet Nam’s shore. 

China’s above-mentioned act seriously infringes Viet Nam’s sovereign rights and jurisdictional rights over the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf as stated in Articles 55, 56, 57, 76 and 77 of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This act also goes contrary to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) reached among the Governments of the ASEAN nations and China , said the statement. 

The Viet Nam Bar Federation demands that China immediately abolish the decision to set up the so-called Sansha city and the wrongful invitation for bids, adding that it completely supports the statements released by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson on June 21 and 26 on the aforementioned issues. 

China must respect and strictly implement its commitments as specified in the DOC,” says the VBF statement. It also calls on China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to behave in a responsible manner and in line with the UN Charter and international laws, especially the UNCLOS 1982.

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