MoFA takes over valuable documents on Hoàng Sa
11:00 | 11/04/2009
VGP – A family in Lý Sơn District of the central province of Quảng Ngãi recently donated their 175-year documents relating to Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) Island to Vietnamese State agencies.

The take-over of documents on Hoàng Sa

The documents, dating back 1834, was officially handed over yesterday by the Quảng Ngãi People’s Committee to representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Earlier, on Thursday, the Đặng family in An Hải Commune of Quảng Ngãi, the owner of the documents for nearly two centuries, voluntarily donated their heirloom to the provincial authority.

The 4-pace (24 x 35.5 cm) document, written in Chinese script, described that Quảng Ngãi Province was ordered by the Nguyễn royal court to send ships and soldiers to fulfill public assignments in Hoàng Sa.

Mr. Vũ Anh Dũng, representative of the MoFA, confirmed that the documents are of historical, cultural and legal significance, evidencing Việt Nam’s sovereignty over Hoàng Sa.

By Phương Hạnh

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