Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (Source: AFP)
The UN chief was responding to the final ruling on the Philippines’s
lawsuit against China over a dispute in the East Sea (internationally
known as the South China Sea) issued on July 12.
At a regular press conference in the UN headquarters in New York, the
US, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said
the UN chief has repeatedly called on the parties to settle disputes in
a peaceful and amicable manner and in conformity with international
law, including the UN Charter.
The UN Secretary General stressed that while dialogues are underway, the
involved parties should stay away from activities that would provoke
He expressed his hope that the on-going consultation on a code of
conduct in the East Sea (COC) between ASEAN and China that is based on
the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) will
help promote mutual understanding between the parties.
The arbitral tribunal under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention
on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concluded that there was no legal basis
for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas
enclosed by the “nine-dash” line.
There was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive
control over the South China Sea waters or their resources, said the
five member tribunal of maritime affairs experts at The Hague in the
ruling over the case filed by the Philippines to contest China’s claims
and activity in the South China Sea.