Philippine senate supports Vietnam’s peaceful efforts in sea dispute

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) holds a talk with Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon in Manila on May 22. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE 
Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Thursday, that his senate supports Vietnam’s demands that China obey international law and resolve its disputes peacefully, Tuoi Tre reported.
Dung made the comments in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, during a visit to the World Economic Forum on East Asia.
Drilon said the Philippine Senate fully supports the position that China must act in accordance to international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of which the Philippines, Vietnam and China are all signatories.
He said the observation of UNCLOS will ensure peace, stability, security and navigational freedom in the East Sea.
He welcomed the enhanced cooperation between the Vietnamese and Philippine governments in all areas, particularly, diplomacy, trade and investment in order to bring bilateral ties to a new level.
On Wednesday, PM Dung and Philippine President Aquino agreed to establish a joint working task force headed by the two countries’ foreign ministers to build a plan to bring the nation's bilateral ties into a strategic partnership.
The two sides also voiced their opposition for China’s illegal placement of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters and called on ASEAN member countries and the international community to denounce the violation, Dung said.
Dung said that Vietnam and the Philippines should boost their cooperation and solidarity with ASEAN and the international community to denounce China’s illegal incursion and support the two countries’ peaceful settlement of East Sea disputes.

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