Vietnam once again reaffirms its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos
STATEMENT BY MR. LE DUNG,
SPOKESMAN OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF VIETNAM
ON 28 DECEMBER 2006
Concerning Vietnam’s reaction to the information in the Magazine "Chinese Global Military" on Dec 2006 that since 1st November 2005, China has constructed sovereignty markers at some basepoints of territorial waters including those in Hoang Sa archipelago of Vietnam, in accordance with "Ordinance on territorial waters and adjacent areas of the PR of China in 1992" and "Statement of the Government of the PR of China on the territorial baseline of the PR of China in 1996", Mr. Le Dung, the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said:
Vietnam once again reaffirms its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. Vietnam has adequate historical evidence and legal foundations to proclaim its sovereignty over these two archipelagos.
As emphasized by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry's Spokesman in 1992 and 1996, Vietnam does not recognize the legal validity of any regulations on territorial waters and adjacent areas, baseline and all activities concerned of any countries in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos of Vietnam. China’s erection of sovereignty markers at several basepoints in Hoang Sa archipelago of Vietnam violates the sovereignty of Vietnam and therefore is completely invalid.
Vietnam once again reiterates its policy of resolving all disputes at sea with countries concerned through peaceful means on the basis of mutual respect for independence and sovereignty, in accordance with international law and practice, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) in the Eastern Sea, in order to enhance friendship and cooperation and maintain peace and stability in the Eastern Sea.
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