Vietnam has requested all relevant parties to refrain from any activities that may complicate the situation in the East Sea , particularly regarding the Spratly and Paracel archipelagoes.
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung made the call during a regular press conference in Hanoi on Feb. 5.
Mr. Dung was answering correspondents’ questions regarding Vietnam ’s reaction to the Philippines ’ House of Representatives’ recent approval of House Bill 3216, which stipulates the country’s new archipelagic baseline. The new boundary, approved by the Philippine government, now includes several islands that lie within the Spratly archipelago and the Scarborough Shoal.
“In our opinion, while seeking basic and long-term solutions to disputes regarding to the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes, the relevant parties should observe the United Nations’ 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the South China Sea (DOC), and not act to complicate the situation, in order to maintain peace and stability in the region”, he said.
Earlier, on Jan. 27, the Philippines ’ Senate ratified Senate Bill 2699 that did not include the islands named in the country’s HB 3216.
These islands are now governed in accordance with the relevant rules stated in Article 121 of the UN 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea.