Vietnamese president asks UN secretary to push for East Sea disputes settlement

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President Truong Tan Sang (L) meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24, 2015. Photo credit: VNA 
President Truong Tan Sang asked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to further advocate and push for the peaceful handling of disputes in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, during a meeting on Thursday.
The meeting took place when Sang was in New York to attend the UN Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development goals from September 25-27, according to a report by Vietnam News Agency.
The Vietnamese leader said the disputes must be settled peacefully in accordance with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) signed in 2002, along with efforts to shortly finalize a Code of Conduct in the waters (COC).
Ban agreed, stressing the importance of UNCLOS, DOC and pushed for the early finalization of DOC.
Over 170 government leaders from around the world gathered at the summit, making it the largest UN conference since a summit in 2000 to approve the millennium development goals.
President Sang is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony and deliver a speech at a plenary session.
He will also meet with other country leaders and attend a Vietnam-US business dialogue on impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on the Southeast Asian nation and the Vietnam-US trade ties.

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