France, PHL denounce use of force in South China Sea

Philippines and France, during the visit of President Aquino to France, made a stand to support peaceful settlement of maritime spats in South China Sea. Both countries uphold the rule of law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“As President, I believe that with these concerns come the necessity for all countries in the region to commit to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS. This is the path my nation has chosen to take,” President Aquino said.

President of France and Philippines, in a joint statement, denounced coercion and use of force in claiming territories.

“Both leaders underscored the importance of maintaining peace and stability in Southeast Asia and promoting maritime security, freedom of navigation and the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the joint statement read.