An international workshop discussing the values and practical application of laws on territory and border was jointly held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Wallonia-Brussels General Delegation of Belgium in Vietnam in Hanoi on September 7, gathering 150 domestic and foreign scholars.
| A view of the workshop
In his opening remarks, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu highlighted the significance and importance of issues related to territorial sovereignty and national borders in international relations; and the relationship between them and their impact on security, peace, stability, and cooperation for development.
Briefing participants on the outcome of the settlement of border and territorial issues in Vietnam, Vu affirmed its consistent stance on the role and importance of international law as a crucial foundation for resolving territorial border issues, stressing that the country not only rigorously adheres to international law but also builds and strengthens its national legal system to ensure compatibility with international law.
He spoke highly of the cooperation between Belgium's Wallonie-Bruxelles region and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in general, and the ministry’s National Boundary Commission in particular.
Pierre Du Ville, Head of the Wallonia- Brussels General Delegation in Vietnam, expressed his delight at the cooperation results between the Wallonia-Brussels Region and Vietnam in general, and the National Boundary Commission in particular, especially in terms of human resources training, saying that these have contributed significantly to the proper settlement of territorial and border issues, thus promoting peace and stability in the region and the world.
|Officers and soldiers of the Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard Region 1 are determined to protect the sea, islands and continental shelf of Vietnam. (Photo for lllustration)
With the two sessions, the workshop reviewed Vietnam's process of building, managing, and protecting the national boundary and territory. Domestic experts and scholars, and representatives from ministries and sectors provided their insights, emphasizing the significance and outcomes of the implementation of the Law on National Border over the last two decades and the Law of the Sea of Vietnam after 10 years it came into effect, and affirming that Vietnam's laws regarding territory and border are in line with international law.
It also featured presentations by international scholars and experts from Belgium, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, and the Republic of Cyprus, which focused on topical topics, including territorial disputes at the International Court of Justice; the value of straight baselines around offshore archipelagos; and the illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the East Sea (South China Sea).
Delegates also engaged in discussions on issues related to the construction, protection, and management of borders and territories. They agreed on the importance of international law for this process and proposed measures to harmonize national laws with international law in border and territorial matters.