Reacting to an international arbitration tribunal over the dispute in South China Sea,
India on Tuesday urged ‘all parties to show utmost respect” for the ruling.
“India supports freedom of navigation and over flight and unimpeded commerce based on principles of international law as reflected notably in UNCLOS,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup
said in a statement today.
“India believes that states should resolve disputes through peaceful means without threat or use of force and exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or
escalate disputes affecting peace and stability,” he added.
While urging all parties to show “utmost respect for the UNCLOS”, Swarup said,” Sea lanes of communication passing through the South China Sea are critical for peace stability, prosperity and development.”
India’s statement on the Award of Arbitral Tribunal on South China Sea Under Annexure VII of UNCLOS. pic.twitter.com/SUCfQFMmcP
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 12, 2016