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Vietnam official reiterates sovereignty over East Sea islands at Indonesia workshop

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 15:38 GMT+7

Vietnam reiterates that the country has full historical and legal evidence to prove its indisputable sovereignty over islands in the East Vietnam Sea, a Vietnamese official has said in Indonesia on Friday.  

Nguyen Minh Nguyet, deputy director of the Department of International Law and Treaty under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement at the 25th annual workshop on constraining latent conflicts in East Vietnam Sea opened in Jakarta, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Nguyet also said Vietnam is worried about recent developments in the region, especially reef constructions and actions that change the status quo of several structures in the sea.

Such actions not only cause serious impacts on the environment and bio-diversity, but also threaten peace, stability and security in the region, she added.

Nguyet also highly valued the outcomes of the October meeting of the ASEAN-China Joint Working Group on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), during which the two sides agreed to begin discussions on main contents of a Code of Conduct in the East Vietnam Sea (COC).

During the two-day event, delegates are scheduled to hear reports on the cooperation projects that aim to step up cooperation among the parties to ease tension in the East Vietnam Sea. Annually conducted since 1990, the workshop has served as a forum for 10 ASEAN nations, China and Taiwan to boost dialogue and carry out cooperation projects to minimize tensions.

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