Remarks by MOFA's Spokeperson Le Hai Binh on the activities of the US Navy’s USS Decatur destroyer on 21 October near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago
On 24 October 2016, in response to reporters’ questions concerning the activities of the US Navy’s USS Decatur destroyer on 21 October near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said:
“First and foremost, Viet Nam reaffirms it has full historical evidences and legal grounds to prove its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
As a littoral state in the East Sea and a party to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Viet Nam respects other countries to exercise their rights in the East Sea as provided for by the UNCLOS, including the rights to freedom of navigation and overflight. Maritime claims and related actions of states must conform with international law, including the UNCLOS.
We emphasize that all countries should contribute constructively, positively and consistently with international law to the maintenance of peace, stability and the rule of law in the seas and oceans.”
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