Parliament: Malaysia Wants Peace Settlement On Territorial Disputes In South China Sea
KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has once again reiterated its stand that the territorial disputes, involving claimant countries in the South China Sea will be resolved through a peaceful settlement.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the country was taking three approaches in ensuring a peaceful settlement in relations to the overlapping claim, which are peaceful negotiations, adherence to the international law in accordance with United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (Unclos) and reference to a third party like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for Law of the Sea and Arbitral Tribunal.
"However, at this time, we do not intend to refer to the third approach but through consultative approach," he said when replying to a question from Datuk Mohd Zaim Abu Hassan (BN-Parit ) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here Thursday.
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve both land (island) and maritime disputes among sovereign states within the region namely China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.
Shahidan said so far, seven of the intrusions were detected, which involved 16 Chinese navy assets in the Malaysian exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.
However, he said, the situation in the country's waters being monitored by the Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was under control.