Trao đổi thông tin về tình hình VN-TQ tại Toulouse

Ngày thứ bẩy, 18/06, Maison Vietnam (hội người gốc Việt ở Toulouse) cùng với Hội SV VN tại Toulouse tổ chức một buổi trao đồi thông tin về tình hình Biển Đông, nhân một số sự kiện leo thang bạo lực gây lo ngại gần đây. Xin mời tất cả những ai có mặt ở Toulouse quan tâm đến dự.

Thời gian: Từ 17h ngày 18/06/2011

Địa điểm: Hội trường của Maison des Associations, 81 rue Saint Roch, 31400 Toulouse (ở gần: metro Saint Agne, ligne B)

Chương trình dự kiến:

* 17h-20h: trao đổi thông tin và thảo luận/phân tích tình hình

* 20h-23h: liên hoan và chương trình văn nghệ “hướng về VN”

Maison Vietnam là Hội theo luật 1901 của Pháp, hoàn toàn độc lập, không phụ thuộc vào ĐSQ VN và không theo đảng phái nào. Thành viên của hội là những người Việt hay gốc Việt đang học tập hay sinh sống làm việc tại Pháp , và những người bạn Pháp và quốc tế có quan hệ thân quen.

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    6 Asean states join call for peaceful
    resolution

    By Pia
    Lee-Brago
    (The Philippine Star) Updated June 19, 2011

    Manila, Philippines – Six Southeast Asian countries have joined the
    Philippines in calling for a peaceful resolution and the use of the
    United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in resolving disputes
    over some areas in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea.
    Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Singapore arrived at
    the consensus during the 21st Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN
    Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS 21) from June 13 to 17 at the
    UN headquarters in New York.
    The Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN in New York also voiced
    during the meeting the country’s rejection of the inclusion of areas
    within Philippine jurisdiction in the dispute.
    The six countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian
    Nations (ASEAN) stressed the need to maintain peace and security in the
    region. ASEAN has 10 members. The three other member-countries are
    Brunei, Cambodia, and Myanmar (formerly Burma).
    “The rule of law is the bedrock of peace, order and fairness in modern
    societies. The rise of a rules-based international system has been the
    great equalizer in global affairs,” a statement from the Philippine
    mission read.
    “Respect and adherence to international law have preserved peace and
    resolved conflicts. International law has given equal voice to nations
    regardless of political, economic or military stature, banishing the
    unlawful use of sheer force,” it said.
    A statement delivered by Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs
    Secretariat (CMOAS) Secretary-General Henry Bensurto, noted that
    “recent developments in the Recto bank have tended to broaden the
    concept of disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea
    to include even those waters and continental shelves that are clearly
    within the sovereignty and/or jurisdiction of the Philippines.”
    “The Philippines firmly rejects any efforts in this regard. Such
    actions are inconsistent with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,”
    Bensurto said.
    “We expect nothing less from our international partners,” he added.
    “In situations where disputes on maritime claims exist, UNCLOS provides
    clues as well as answers by which such maritime disputes could be
    addressed,” he said.
    He also urged all parties to the ASEAN-China Declaration of Conduct in
    the South China Sea to faithfully abide by the provisions in the
    declaration, particularly on the need to “exercise self-restraint in
    the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes
    and affect peace and stability.”
    “The Declaration of Conduct expresses in a concrete way our collective
    goal for rules-based action by all concerned parties,” he added.
    Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario met Friday with the nine
    ambassadors and charges d’affaires of ASEAN member-states and briefed
    them on Philippine perspectives on recent developments in the West
    Philippine Sea.
    No cause for upset
    A “rules-based” multilateral approach to resolving disputes over some
    areas in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea should not upset
    China considering its own commitment to shun confrontation, Malacañang
    said yesterday.
    “Our policy is to really have a rules-based, a multilateral approach to
    the settlement of the dispute. What we advocate is to actually for us
    to arrive at a peaceful resolution. We should really exhaust all
    diplomatic means,” deputy Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said over
    state-run radio dzRB.
    Valte said international laws like UNCLOS should be the basis for
    settling the territorial dispute.
    “Our statements have always been very clear,” Valte said.
    She also welcomed Australia’s call on parties involved in the
    territorial spat to adherence to international laws like UNCLOS.
    Australia voiced its position through its top ministers in a joint
    statement with Philippine officials in the 3rd Philippine-Australia
    Ministerial Meeting in Canberra last Thursday.
    On Friday, the Philippines called on ASEAN member-states to take a
    common stand on developments in the West Philippine Sea.
    Also last Friday, President Aquino insisted that the country won’t be
    bullied by China in a territorial spat over the Spratly Islands and
    that Beijing should stop intruding into Philippine waters.
    Aquino also told AP that a government-backed mission to scout the West
    Philippine Sea for oil and gas had turned up “very good” prospects,
    though he declined to elaborate. He said the Philippines reserved the
    right to explore its waters despite China’s rival claims.
    China, which claims the Spratlys and all other waters in the South
    China Sea, last week demanded that its southern neighbors halt any oil
    exploration there without Beijing’s permission. Chinese Ambassador Liu
    Jianchao said, however, that China was open to joint exploration with
    other countries.
    “We will not be pushed around because we are a tiny state compared with
    theirs,” Aquino said.
    “We think we have very solid grounds to say ‘do not intrude into our
    territory’ and that is not a source of dispute or should not be a
    source of dispute,” the President said.
    “We will continue with dialogues, but I think, for our internal
    affairs, we don’t have to ask anybody else’s permission,” he added.
    Singapore encounter
    One of the three US Navy warships participating in this year’s joint
    naval exercises called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training
    (CARAT) 2011 in the waters of Palawan is now in Singapore where
    Haixun-31, China’s largest maritime patrol vessel, is also set to drop
    anchor.
    Guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon is now moored at the Changi
    Naval Base.
    Changi Naval Base is now the center of the ongoing US-led naval
    exercises dubbed SEACAT (Southeast Asian Cooperation Afloat Training).
    The navies of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei
    are joining the naval maneuver.
    “The exercise is led by the US Navy and is centered this year in
    Changi, where the exercise’s command and control center is located,”
    Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said.
    It’s not clear if the US Navy destroyer is also taking part in SEACAT.
    “Well, I could just surmise that there are lots of eavesdropping,
    surveillance and counter-surveillance activities now going on,” said a
    military official, who declined to be named. The CARAT exercise is set
    on June 28 to July 8.
    At Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen.
    Eduardo Oban said the military is prepared to deal with threats to the
    country’s sovereignty but expressed hopes diplomacy would prevail.
    The vast South China Sea and West Philippine Sea form one of Asia’s
    most politically sensitive regions, with China, Vietnam and the
    Philippines trading diplomatic barbs recently over overlapping
    territorial claims. Vietnam’s navy conducted live-fire exercises Monday
    after accusing Chinese boats of disrupting oil and gas exploration in
    its waters.
    The Aquino administration already has protested at least six incidents
    involving alleged Chinese intrusion into waters within the Philippines
    320-kilometer exclusive economic zone that is covered by the UN
    Convention on the Law of the Sea.
    In February, Manila accused Chinese naval ships of harassing an
    exploration ship near Reed Bank, an area 80 miles or 130 kilometers
    west of Palawan.
    Liu said last week that China was exercising its sovereign rights over
    all of the South China Sea.
    “The overall strategy, we’re not going to engage in an arms race with
    them. We are not going to escalate the tensions there but we do have to
    protect our rights,” Aquino said.
    The battle for ownership of the potentially oil-rich Spratly Islands
    has settled into an uneasy standoff since the last fighting, involving
    China and Vietnam, that killed more than 70 Vietnamese sailors in 1988.
    In 2002, the 10-member ASEAN and China signed a non-binding accord that
    calls for maintaining the status quo. China wants to engage claimants
    individually – against the wishes of countries like the Philippines
    that want to negotiate as a bloc.
    Complicating the issue is the role the United States wants to play in
    resolving the dispute. It is a key Philippine defense treaty partner,
    which means that in case of a Chinese attack it is obligated to come to
    aid the Philippines.
    US Ambassador Harry Thomas said last week that Washington would stand
    by the Philippines.
    On Friday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland voiced US
    concerns about rising tensions in the South China Sea, and called for
    multilateral negotiations to settle disputes.
    “We call on all parties to find a venue where we can have a
    collaborative negotiated resolution to these issues,” she told a news
    conference in Washington, without elaborating on who the parties would
    be.
    The UK-based Forum Energy PLC, which has a contract with the government
    to explore the Reed Bank, has announced that it has completed seismic
    tests in the area and will process the data to identify the best
    location for drilling appraisal wells.
    Forum Energy Robin Nicholson said in a statement in March that his
    company is looking forward “to making further investments into the
    project.”
    The company said that in 2006, a seismic survey in an area in the Reed
    Bank indicated it contained 3.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

    With Aurea Calica, Jaime Laude, Artemio Dumlao, AP

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=697660&publicationSubCategoryId=63

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