India: Sea disputes must be resolved under UNCLOS


DELHI – The Indian government has reiterated its stand that the South China Sea dispute should be resolved under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a position espoused by the Philippines.

Anil Wadhwa, secretary of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, yesterday made the statement ahead of the Delhi Dialogue VIII forum on Feb. 19-20 that aims to discuss politico-security, economic and social-cultural issues between ASEAN and India.

Wadhwa also supported calls for the approval of a code of conduct in the South China Sea to allow freedom of navigation among ASEAN countries.

“Secondly, more parties should abide by international treaties such as the UNCLOS. There is no other alternative to look at but the 1982 UNCLOS which everybody signed up to,” Wadhwa told journalists from ASEAN countries during their courtesy call yesterday.

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