The Government of Dominica says it has noted with interest the debate on the South China sea.
In a press release issued Friday, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caricom Affairs the government called on the international judicial or arbitral bodies to fully respect the provisions of the 1982 UN convention on the law of the sea, including the declarations made by the state's parties under article 2 (98) of the convention.
The government says it respects the right of all sovereign states including states parties to the 1982 convention on the law of the sea to seek settlement of dispute by the means of their own choice.
The release further states that the government supports the sovereign states directly concerned to resolve their relevant dispute through consultations and negotiations on the basis of historical facts and international law, and calls on the states concerned to seek peaceful settlement of their territorial and maritime dispute through consultations at negotiations and in accordance of the provisions of the declaration on the conduct of parties in the south china sea.
It continues " We believe that the international community should play a constructive role in the peace and stability of the south china sea by supporting the settlement of the dispute by the south china sea and the disputing parties through negotiations in accordance with international law including the UNCLOs, and should not seek to exert a disruptive force in the dispute by attempting to internationalize, militarize or even complicate the issues involved."
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