EU Parliament backs PHL arbitration initiative vs China GMA News


MANILA – The European Parliament has expressed its full support of the Philippine government’s decision to bring its territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea before a United Nations arbitration tribunal and called on Beijing to adhere to international law.

A resolution adopted March 14 by the European Union’s parliament approved a report which included its support of Manila’s move to clarify the country’s maritime entitlements under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

UNCLOS is a 1982 accord by 163 countries that governs the use of offshore areas and sets territorial limits of coastal states. The Philippines and China are both signatories to the treaty…

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