Concerning International territorial Maritime Boundary disputes, the Vanuatu Government in a statement says it fully understands and support china’s proposition on the issue of South China Sea and call on parties directly concerned to stay committed to open friendly dialogue and peaceful settlement of disputes over territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests around the area.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai said, while respecting the rights of parties to independently choose the means of the disputes settlement, Vanuatu respects China’s 2006 declaration in light of Article 298 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the south sea (UNCLOS).

As such any prior consent of the parties to the dispute must be sought before proceeding with any third party settlement, the prime minister said.

“Vanuatu maintains that settlement of territorial and maritime disputes must be done through friendly consultation and negotiations and in accordance with international Law and all bilateral agreements including the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) by parties directly concerned.

“Vanuatu also maintains the principle that relevant claims on any territorial and maritime rights and interests must be based on the historical and cultural facts.

“Any arbitrary imposition of unilateral measures including instituting legal proceedings against other parties in the dispute run contrary to the principle of mutual understanding, mutual dialogue and friendly consultation as enshrined in the principles of UNCLOS,” the statement from the prime minister said.

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