Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang made the statement on December 10 in response to a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s comments on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of UNCLOS.
Hang stated that the birth of UNCLOS was an important event of great significance in the progressive development of international law in general and international law of the sea in particular. The convention has always served as a comprehensive international legal framework and legal basis for all activities in the management and use of seas and oceans.
As an active member of UNCLOS, Vietnam always upholds its principles and goals while strictly complying with the convention and persistently resolving disputes at sea by peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS, she noted.
At the same time, Vietnam also promotes the improvement of the domestic legal system for the management and use of the sea on the basis of conformity with the convention while promoting international cooperation at sea on the basis of the convention and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in 2015, the diplomat said.
On the occasion, Vietnam emphasised that countries need to continue to respect and fully implement their obligations under the convention and international law and work together to make active and practical contributions to the maintenance of peace, stability, legal order at sea, and safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, while promoting the sustainable development of seas and oceans, Hang added.