Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh repeated key contents of the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sending to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on December 5, 2014 at a July 14 regular press conference in Hanoi.
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“Vietnam supports the full compliance and implementation of all regulations and procedures of the UN 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea, including the resolution of disputes, interpretation, and application of the Convention by peaceful means.
Vietnam reserves its legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea, including its sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos and other rights and interests in sea areas as defined by the Convention. Vietnam requests the PCA to pay special attention to Vietnam’s legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea. Vietnam will consider following steps to protect its national rights and interests," the official said.
Regarding reporters' questions on Vietnam’s reaction to the PCA's ruling in the Philippines case against China, Binh said Vietnam would make an announcement on the ruling.
Binh also answered a question on a report by Amnesty International about prisons in Vietnam.
“Vietnam’s consistent policy is to ensure and promote human rights in line with Vietnam’s Constitution and international norms. Vietnam’s efforts and accomplishments in ensuring and promoting human rights have been acknowledged internationally.”
The diplomat told the media that the Vietnam Embassy in Thailand has instructed Thai agencies to stop searching for a Vietnamese fisherman, who was reported missing following the Thai marine police’ shooting of the Ben Tre fishing boat on July 8, as the man has returned to Vietnam safely.
The Vietnam Embassy in Thailand continues to work with Thai agencies to clarify the case and support Vietnamese citizens.