EU says Chinese presence in Philippines' EEZ will endanger peace and stability
Chinese vessels at Philippine EEZ endanger peace and stability
MANILA – The European Union said they have taken note of the tensions in the South China Sea.
In a statement released early Saturday evening, the EU Spokesperson said the presence of large Chinese vessels in Whitsun Reef “endanger peace and stability in the region.”
“The EU is committed to secure, free and open maritime supply routes in the Indo-Pacific, in full compliance with international law, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in the interest of all,” the statement disclosed.
The EU underscored its “strong opposition” to any unilateral actions that could undermine regional stability and international rules-based order. They called on all parties to resolve disputes through peaceful means founded in international law, “in particular UNCLOS, including its dispute settlement mechanisms.”
They recalled the Arbitration Award under UNCLOS last July 12,2016.
They reiterated their support for the ASEAN-led process towards an effective, substantive and legally binding Code of Conduct, “which should not prejudice the interests of third parties.”
“The EU urges all parties to pursue sincere efforts towards its finalization,” the statement concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)