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Clinton calls for peaceful resolution of West Philippine Sea dispute

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The United States once again called for a peaceful resolution on the conflict involving West Philippines Sea saying that issue must be resolved using international law.

“We are strongly of the opinion that the disputes that the foreign secretary referred to that exist primarily in the West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and China should be resolved peacefully,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday.

Clinton said the United States does not take a position on any territorial claim noting that any country having a claim would have the right to assert it. However she said they do not have a right to pursue it through intimidation, threat or coercion.

“They should be following international law, the rule of law, the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, UNCLOS, as the foreign secretary has referred to. There are mechanisms within it, as he has just enumerated, for the resolution of disputes,” she said.

The US stand for the rule of law, as well as the observance of international norms and standards that is why the US supports the peaceful resolution of West Philippine Sea disputes.

The US will send a very strong message about its commitment to the Association of the Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) region to the many issues that the US and Asean confront, Clinton said.

She said they will certainly participate in an open, frank discussion of maritime security challenges in the region when they attend the Asean meeting in Bali, Indonesia this week.

President Obama will reaffirm our national interest in the maintenance of peace and security in the Asean region and internationally, she said.

The US is committed to ensuring freedom of navigation, over flight, respect for international law, the rule of law; and unimpeded lawful commerce across the region’s maritime domain, Clinton said.

Clinton was in Manila for two days for a bilateral meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III and strengthen military and economic ties between the US and the Philippines.

By PCOO/PIA9-ZBS




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