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International law key to tackle East Sea issues

by P.V15 November 2016 Last updated at 09:29 AM

VTV.vn - The eighth International Conference on the East Sea, focused on developing co-operation for regional security and development, kicked off in Nha Trang city on November 14.

The event was jointly held by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, the Foundation for East Sea Studies and the Vietnam Lawyers Association. 200 delegates, including some 60 foreign academics, attended the event.

Nearly 30 reports will be presented during the course of the two-day conference, which comprises of seven thematic sessions focusing on the historical perspective of the cause of disputes in the East Sea, international law and the East Sea and mechanisms for managing tensions in the East Sea.

“We need to be careful in preventing tension-escalating situations. However, we believe there won't be any extreme acts”, said Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Vu Tung – Director of Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

During the sessions today, the attendees reviewed past actions to trace the root and development of tensions. They also voiced measures to resolve maritime disputes.

“I think there are two ways to tackle the East Sea dispute. The first one is to comply with international law. The second way is to establish a new security system in the region and in the East Sea. This system would need the participation and support of other countries such as Russia and Japan”, said Russian military expert Vladimir Evseev - Deputy Director of Commonwealth of Independent States Institute.

A special session will be held for the first time for representatives of naval and law enforcement forces of engaged countries, which will discuss interaction and co-ordination measures in the field in order to avoid unexpected clashes and boost maritime co-operation.

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