Vietnam: PHL’s repair of Pag-asa Island airstrip is illegal

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Amid the repair of airstrip in Pag-asa Island being undertaken by Philippines, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has called on all parties in West Philippine Sea dispute to refrain from taking actions that would complicate situation.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang, during May 31 press briefing, said that Vietnam has full legal foundation and historical evidence for its sovereignty over Spratly and Paracel islands in accordance with international law.

“All activities undertaken on these two islands without Vietnam’s permission is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, is illegal and has no legal effect,” the spokesperson said.

Le Thi Thu Hang said that disputes must be resolved by peaceful means in accordance with international law.

“Therefore, while a solution is being sought out, Viet Nam calls for all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that would complicate the situation or expand disputes, running counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and we would like to emphasize that profound concerns regarding complicating developments in the East Sea have been raised in ASEAN documents,” the spokesperson said.

She added that China’s live fire drills in Paracel Islands run counter to the agreement on basic principals guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China as well as the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).

Source: http://www.mofa.gov.vn/en/tt_baochi/pbnfn/ns180604162749