A two-day international workshop on the East Sea opened in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Monday, centering on cooperation for security and development in the area.
The event, entitled “East Sea: Cooperation for security and development in the region”, the sixth of its kind so far, was attended by more than 200 Vietnamese and international academics and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Vietnam.
The workshop’s agenda focused on the factors impacting on the East Sea issue, measures to build trust at sea and cooperation, and related international law.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, head of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, told delegates that the East Sea issue has developed more complicatedly in 2014 than in previous decades.
He emphasized that all disputes must be settled by peaceful means based on international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
All parties involved must prevent actions that complicate the situation, the Vietnamese official added.
Van Huu Chien, chairman of the Da Nang City People’s Committee, said the current East Sea situation needs a long-term solution to settle disputes in the region.
Chien also said the event should discuss effective measures to strengthen maritime economic cooperation and ensure the safety of fishermen at sea.
Meanwhile, Myint Thu, Deputy Director of the ASEAN Affairs Department under the Foreign Ministry of Myanmar, repeated the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ requirement that parties involved must not use or threaten to use force to handle disputes in the East Sea.