“Obviously, artificial creations are not part of [international law], so I think you can take it from there, and UNCLOS speaks about artificial creations not being the kind of features that would be covered,” US Ambassador to Philippines Philip Goldberg stated in a gathering of Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
“We think that there, and perhaps make it mandatory, as opposed to just a document that people agreed to observe, should be a code of conduct to further that but make it a document that will have some teeth,” US top envoy to PH said.
He said involved parties “may have historical arguments for many things but we believe that the way forward of settling this issue is through tribunals, code of conduct, observance of declarations of conduct, negotiations directly with parties.”
According to him, US does not take side when it comes to disputes, however, US believes that “no unilateral action, no intimidation, no force to settle this issue.”
“In support of these principles and in keeping with the long-standing US freedom of navigation program, the US continues to oppose the kinds of policies that infringe on the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea,” Goldberg stressed.