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China must remove oil rig, stop harassing Vietnamese vessels: Vietnam mission to UN
By Thanh Nien News -

The UN office in Geneva The UN office in Geneva

Vietnam's mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva has again demanded that China remove an oil rig it illegally placed in Vietnamese waters and stop harassing Vietnamese vessels.
In a note sent to the agencies on June 5, the mission briefed on the latest developments in the East Sea.
The mission sent a similar note to the agencies on May 20.
The note said it has been more than a month since China illegally positioned the Haiyan Shiyou-981 oil platform in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
Since that time China has sent hundreds of vessels, including warships and military jets, to repeatedly attack and harass Vietnamese coast guard ships, fisheries surveillance vessels and fishing boats.
Chinese forces have damaged dozens of Vietnamese vessels and injured numerous officers and fishermen, the mission protested in its recent dispatch.
The most serious incident happened on May 26 when a Chinese ship attacked and sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat anchored in its customary spot off the coast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands,.
The Vietnamese mission demanded that China immediately and unconditionally remove the oil rig from Vietnamese waters and cease provoking, harassing and attacking Vietnamese vessels.
The note also demanded that they compensate the victims for their damages.
The mission also rejected the fabricated account of the encounter, which the Chinese mission presented to the UN, the WTO and other international organizations in Geneva on June 2.
The Vietnamese mission reiterated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa based on legal and historical evidence and totally rejected China’s unfounded sovereignty claim over the archipelago.
The mission stated that China’s provocative actions in Vietnamese waters represent serious violations of its maritime sovereignty and threaten peace, stability and security in the region.
It also pointed out that Vietnam wishes to peacefully settle disputes with China and any other involved countries based on international law and the Declaration on the Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Vietnam called on countries and international organizations to continue to protest China’s false claims and insist upon the removal of the rig.
The note further called on the international organizations to pressure China to cease all provocative behavior toward Vietnam and support the settlement of East Sea disputes via peaceful methods based on international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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