Philippines Petition U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Tribunal to Intervene in South China Sea Dispute

by Colonel on January 22, 2013

“The Philippines has asked an international tribunal to intervene in its long-standing South China Sea territorial dispute with China and declare that Beijing’s claims are invalid, the government said on Tuesday.

Manila asked the tribunal of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to order a halt to China’s activities that the Philippines says violates the Southeast Asian nation’s sovereignty.

China’s claims over islands, reefs and atolls in resource-rich waters off its south coast and to the east of mainland Southeast Asia set it directly against U.S. allies Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to parts.

But it was not clear how the tribunal can help. While all its decisions are binding on countries concerned, it has no power to enforce them.

” — (Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco; Editing by Nick Macfie), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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