VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Oil and Gas Association (VOGA) has strongly opposed the acts of the Chinese marine surveillance vessels, which recently cut the survey cables of a Vietnamese ship operating on the continental shelf of Vietnam.
The Chinese patrol vessel no 84 violated Vietnam's sovereignty on May 26.
“This action seriously violated the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982) as well as Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and caused economic damages for PetroVietnam,” the association stated.
The action also went against commitments China made in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, as well as the common perception of the high-ranking leaders of Vietnam and China, it added.
VOGA stressed that Vietnamese oil and gas enterprises’ implementation of seismic surveys in the country’s exclusive economic zone was a normal activity that has occurred since the 1980s and was totally in line with UNCLOS 1982.
Therefore, the association asked the Chinese side to strictly abide by UNCLOS 1982 – of which China is a member – as well as relevant international laws.
“The Chinese side should seriously implement commitments prescribed in the DOC and not to repeat similar acts in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam, as well as pay for damages to PetroVietnam caused by the three marine surveillance vessels,” said VOGA.
The association said it always sought to boost the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries’ people, and oil and gas workers, and respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries for the interest of peace, security and cooperation in the region.