Newly elected President stresses anti-corruption, East Sea sovereignty

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Newly-elected State President Truong Tan Sang spoke with the press after a meeting of the 13th National Assembly, on Monday.

You said you were very concerned about the process of addressing corruption. What will you do to fight corruption in your new term?

Corruption is the biggest concern among voters across the country; that's what we've learned from our meetings with voters. We fully understand their concerns. The State and the Party have issued resolutions on anti-corruption; what we need now is action. We were told at the 11th National Party Congress, early this year, that the fight against corruption achieved some remarkable results.

In my opinion, the State and the Party must take the lead in guiding the country in its fight against corruption to satisfy the wishes of voters across the country who put their trust in the 13rd National Assembly.

Many NA deputies have promised to fight corruption; I hope they will keep their promises. And I hope the people will keep supervising us so that we can do a better job in the new term.

What do you mean when you say "better"? Do you mean that the laws should be stricter or law enforcement staff should be better?

We have passed the Anti-Corruption Law, and a number of regulations on practicing thrift and preventing the squandering of public money.

The National Assembly also approved the establishment of the Central and provincial Anti-corruption Steering Committees.

However, the goals of preventing and pushing corruption back have not been reached.

To reach the target, we should strictly follow the Party's resolution on anti-corruption and the law. The anti-corruption committees should be more active in their work.

Some believe that the State President should also hold the post of Party General Secretary. What do you think?

The question has been raised at past National Party Congresses in addition to being broached at the recent congress. However, no consensus has been made, so we still have two posts.

The government will report the East Sea situation to the National Assembly during this session. What do you think about the proposal that the NA should issue a resolution on the East Sea?

The report on the East Sea situation was made at the request of the NA. Whether the NA will issue a resolution or not depends on the NA.

In your opinion, what should we do to maintain our sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos?

As I said before the National Assembly, on July 25, maritime sovereignty is an inviolable feature of every nation, no matter what its size.

To maintain sovereignty over our territorial waters and islands, I think we should adhere to the law, the history and the principle of practical occupation and exploration.

Relating to the law, we have international and Vietnamese laws. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is the result of a prolonged struggle of small countries. Since Vietnam is a small country, we should lean on the UNCLOS 1982 to protect our sovereignty over the sea, islands and our exclusive economic zone.

Based on the UNCLOS 1982, we should have laws pertaining to the East Sea and occupy the islands both legally and practically.

Thank you, Mr. President.  

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