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India calls for early conclusion of SCS code of conduct

India calls for early conclusion of SCS code of conduct pardesi news 1459247743

India hopes that the Code of Conduct on the SCS would be concluded at an early date by consensus.

India recently seek for an early resolution of the  South China Sea (SCS) problem, Batting for freedom of navigation, days after the US sent its warship in the South China Sea flagging its concerns about the Chinese reclamation activities in the region, the Indian Defense minister Manohar Parrikar expressed hope for a “peaceful resolution of the dispute”. Addressing the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meet (ADMM), in Malaysia, the Defense minister stressed that ASEAN is central to India’s ‘Act East Policy’.

Parrikar said the situation in the South China Sea and recent developments there have attracted international interest and concern. “This is natural since freedom of navigation in international waters, the right of passage and over flight, unimpeded commerce and access to resources in accordance with recognised principles of international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, are of concern to all of us," he said in his address. He informed that India hopes that the Code of Conduct on the SCS would be concluded at an early date by consensus. 

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