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Vietnam backs lawful dispute resolution

Publication Date : 03-10-2012


Vietnam must strongly commit themselves to the fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter, particularly those of peaceful settlement and non-use of force as well as respect for national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, when settling disputes, said a senior official.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Vinh spoke during the General Debate session at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. The debate was themed "Bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means."

"We must promote dialogue and the use of peaceful means in the settlement of disputes, particularly by utilising international and regional organisations and international legal mechanisms. On the other hand, we must not accept the imposition of sanctions like those against Cuba, that this very Assembly has repeatedly called to be removed," Vinh said.

He also noted that Vietnam welcomes the theme as it is of particular relevance in today's world, when instability and conflicts continue in various regions, especially in North Africa and the Middle East, while new and complicated developments are emerging in the Asia-Pacific, a dynamically growing and important region of the world.

Vinh affirmed that Vietnam welcomes the important outcomes of the recent High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law, which reaffirmed that rule of law is fundamental to political dialogue and co-operation among states and the indispensable bedrock for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.

As the 30th anniversary of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea will be celebrated later this year, Vietnam asserts its strong commitment to and compliance with this "constitution of the seas," which contributes to the maintenance of peace, stability, maritime security, safety and cooperation.

The Vietnamese official referred to the increasingly important role of regional organisations, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which continues to play a central role in regional architecture and helps promote peace, stability and security in the region, including maritime security in the East Sea.

"Vietnam fully supports Asean's Six-point Principles on the East Sea, which further reaffirm the settlement of disputes by peaceful means, and respect for international law, particularly the 1982 Unclos, the full implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea [DOC] as well as the early achievement of a Code of Conduct [COC]."

He stated that peace is a prerequisite for development and that sustainable development must include efforts to end poverty and promote social justice, while eliminating inequality in international relations that help resolve the root causes of conflicts and lay the foundation for a sustained peace.

The UN needs to strengthen global partnerships for development and take the lead in an inclusive process to formulate the post-2015 global development agenda, including the proposed sustainable development goals, Vinh said.


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