Moscow (VNA) – Russian scholars highlighted the strategic value of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to resolve East Sea problem while attending a scientific workshop held at the Institute of Oriental Studies (IOS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on January 19.
The event brought together many experts and academics who have studied the region and the East Sea from the SAN research centers.
In his opening remarks, IOS Deputy Director Valentin Tsunlievich Golovachev said that in the context of the division and fragmentation of global international relations, and the changing space of common existence on land and sea, the seminar offered a venue for Let experts discuss and make helpful recommendations to resolve global hotspots with peaceful measures.
The participants agreed that the 1982 UNCLOS is an important strategic document in the process of seeking peaceful solutions to the East Sea problem.
They also praised the effectiveness of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the need to sign a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Speaking with the resident correspondent of the Vietnam News Agency in Moscow, Dmitry Mosyakov, Director of the IOS Center for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania, said through the event, which was held on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of UNCLOSscholars would draw on experiences in applying a legal document to resolve international disputes.
Mosyakov highly appreciated Vietnam’s constructive approach by repeatedly stating that the most complex territorial disputes can only be resolved on the basis of international law and internationally recognized documents.
For his part, Pavel Gudev, Leading Research Fellow of the SAN Center for North American Studies, stressed that from a legal perspective, UNCLOS is an important document and is the basis for finding solutions to the East Sea problem.
However, it still requires the desire and determination of all parties involved, and a continuous negotiation effort to reach a consensus step by step, he said./.