He 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.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy

Regarding the situation in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), Quy expressed deep concern about recent complicated developments in the waters that have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.

All relevant parties should abide by international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982); promote trust-building, refrain from unilateral acts that may complicate the situation, and increase tensions at sea; settle disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the U.N. Charter, international law, including UNCLOS 1982; and fully respect legal processes and comply with the provisions of UNCLOS 1982 in determining maritime claims, he said.

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) endeavors to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon conclude negotiations on an effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (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 U.N. General Assembly, consisting of representatives of all 193 U.N. 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 U.N. International Trade Law Commission, and measures to eliminate international terrorism.

Source: VNA