Vietnam’s Submission on its Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf
05-08-2009, 03:29 pm
On 8 May 2009, in response to correspondents’ question
over Viet Nam’s reaction to the Notes by the Chinese mission dated 7 May 2009
to the UN Secretary General objecting Vietnam’s Submission on its Outer Limits
of the Continental Shelf, Mr. Le Dung, Vietnam's Foreign Affairs Spokesman
7 May 2009, the Government of Viet Nam submitted to the UN Commission
on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) its National Submission on its
Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the
Vietnamese baselines. Earlier, on 6 May 2009, Viet Nam and Malaysia submitted to CLCS a Joint Submission
on the outer limits of continental shelves in connection with the two
countries. These submissions are a normal activity of member countries to fulfill
their obligations under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
content of the diplomatic note by the Chinese side and the map attached have
seriously violated Viet Nam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and legitimate
jurisdiction in the East Sea. China’s claim for the nine- dotted line on
the map attached to its diplomatic note is null and void as it has no legal,
historial and factual ground.
again, I would like to reaffirm that Viet Nam has sufficient historical evidence
and legal foundation to claim its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and
Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes."