Vietnam Calls All Countries to Respect Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

Permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN) has called on all countries to respect the principle of the peaceful settlement of international disputes.
October 13, 2021 | 14:52
Vietnam Calls All Countries to Respect Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
Vietnam Coast Guard’s vessel docked in Da Nang city. (Photo: Hanoi Times)

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, made the remarks on October 12 at a discussion of the Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session on the rule of law at the national and international levels with the participation of 100 member countries and observers.

Accordingly, he has called on countries to respect the principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes, emphasizing that the rule of law at the national and international levels plays an important role in maintaining international peace and security, socio-economic development, and ensuring human rights.

With regard to the situation in the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea in Vietnamese), known internationally as the South China Sea, Ambassador Quy expressed deep concern regarding recent complicated developments in the waters that have eroded trust and confidence. They have also contributed to increasing tensions and may ultimately undermine peace, security, and stability in the region, according to VOV.

The Vietnamese diplomat underlined the need for all concerned parties to comply with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), promote trust-building, refrain from unilateral acts that may complicate the situation, and increase tensions at sea. This is in addition to settling disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter, international law, including the UNCLOS, along with fully respecting legal processes and complying with the provisions of UNCLOS in determining maritime claims, he said.

Vietnam Calls All Countries to Respect Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. (Photo: TG&VN)

The local diplomat went on to affirm the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plans to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and soon conclude negotiations on an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC), which is in line with international law, including UNCLOS.

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) endeavors to fully implement the DOC and soon conclude negotiations on an effective COC which is in line with international law, including UNCLOS. Vietnam, together with other ASEAN member countries, is promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in its region, he said.

The Legal Committee is one of the six main committees of the UN General Assembly, consisting of representatives of all 193 UN member states, whose function is to consider legal issues. The committee is expected to discuss 24 topics including the rule of law at the national and international levels, report of the International Law Commission, report of the UN International Trade Law Commission, and measures to eliminate international terrorism, Vietnam News Agency cited.

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