In’t seminar on maritime security in East Sea
16:59 | 05/12/2018

VGP - An international seminar fostering maritime security cooperation in the East Sea took place in Ha Noi on December 4. 

The event attracted 120 scholars and experts in and outside the region, and representatives from about 30 diplomatic corps in Viet Nam. 

Speakers highlighted the peaceful means used to settle international disputes, including the compulsory mediation measure for maritime demarcation between Australia and East Timor in the Timor Sea and Malaysia’s successful settlement of territorial disputes with Indonesia and Singapore by bringing the case to the International Court of Justice. 

Based on previous lessons, speakers offered suggestions regarding maritime demarcation and cooperation promotion in the East Sea, especially in terms of fisheries. 

Several opinions suggested expanding the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea to cover law enforcement forces, holding international law courses for ASEAN law enforcement forces, and enhancing trilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks.

With the participation of foreign speakers from the United Nations International Law Commission, the UK, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam, the event heard nine presentations and 20 opinions on regional and international experience in maritime demarcation and the settlement of disputes at sea, as well as legal aspects of the collaboration among law enforcement forces at sea. 

This is the third seminar fostering maritime security cooperation in the East Sea on held in Viet Nam. The first one was organized in 2016.

By Hoang Ha

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