India backs freedom of navigation in S China Sea

In the wake of tension between China and ASEAN countries over territorial disputes relating to the South China Sea,India said that it supports freedom of navigation

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2012 2:28 am

In the wake of tension between China and ASEAN countries over territorial disputes relating to the South China Sea,India on Thursday said that it supports freedom of navigation and access to resources in the region in accordance with principles of international law.

On the issue of the South China Sea,External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said that all countries must respect the principles of international law in resolving the matter and hoped that progress will be made with respect to implementation of Guidelines to the 2002 Declaration of Conduct on the South China Sea.

“We have been following developments in respect to the South China Sea. As we had stated earlier,India supports freedom of navigation and access to resources in accordance with principles of international law. These principles should be respected by all,” Krishna told delegates in Cambodia at the ASEAN Regional Forum,including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Noting that terrorism remains a grave threat,Krishna said the global regime against the menace needs to be hinged on a holistic framework.

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