HCM City’s lawyers favor Paracel Island chairman’s appointment

The Ho Chi Minh City Bar has written an open letter in favor of Dang Cong Ngu’s appointment as chairman of Hoang Sa (Paracel) District’s People Committee.

Below are some excerpts from the letter.

“The HCM City Bar would like to express its great emotion and happiness knowing that the Da Nang authorities, on April 25, announced the appointment of Mr Dang Cong Ngu, of the Da Nang city's Department of Internal Affairs, as chairman of the Hoang Sa District People’s Committee.

“We also very touched to know that Da Nang authorities held an intimate meeting with people who lived and worked in Hoang Sa and that the city are collecting material, keepsakes and information to draft a yearbook on Hoang Sa.     

“Moreover, Hoang Sa history will be put in the curriculum of history, culture and literature in Da Nang from the school year 2009-2010.

“These actions show patriotism and are in accordance with national morality and the people’s aspirations, which are highly valued by everyone. We want to express our hope that such a responsible spirit will be promoted and encouraged throughout society and among every walk of life, in which Mr Ngu’s assistance as the chairman of the district is very important.   

“The Bar’s members always hold fast to the point of view that Vietnam has an imprescriptible sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and that its sovereignty is clearly indicated in much historical materials and evidence held in Vietnam and around the world.”

By H. Xung – Translated by Minh Tam

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