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Updated: 05/07/2014 22:17 | By Channel NewsAsia

S'pore calls for self-restraint in South China Sea dispute

S'pore calls for self-restraint in South China Sea dispute


S'pore calls for self-restraint in South China Sea dispute

SINGAPORE: Singapore has called on all parties to exercise self-restraint and avoid actions that could escalate tensions in the South China Sea.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said Singapore is concerned about recent developments in the South China Sea.

MFA was responding to media queries on reports of several incidents in the South China Sea, in particular collisions between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands.

The ministry said Singapore urges all parties to fully abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

The parties also need to manage disputes peacefully in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

MFA added that Singapore continues to urge ASEAN and China to work towards an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.   - CNA/nd

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