VN resolutely demands China withdraw rig, ships
17:37 | 11/06/2014

VGP – Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Head of the Permanent Representative Mission to the UN on Tuesday told international correspondents in New York that Viet Nam resolutely demands China withdraw its oil rig and all ships from Viet Nam’s waters.

Up to now, China has still refused dialogue and the refusal is “provocative” and creates serious concern, the diplomat stressed.

China has deployed more than 100 ships, including military ones to guard the illicit rig installed well within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Viet Nam while accusing the country of intentionally disturbing and ramming Chinese ships

Viet Nam has invited foreign correspondents to the area to witness what has been going on there. Their reports and photos on Chinese ships attacking and sinking Vietnamese fishing boats have showed the truth.

Ambassador Trung affirmed that Viet Nam has exercised utmost restraint and expects to settle the issue through peaceful measures.

Viet Nam possesses sufficient historical and legal grounds to affirm its sovereignty over the waters where China placed the oil rig./.

By Huong Giang

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