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Malaysia Urges For Dialogues In South China Sea Dispute

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia wants China and all relevant parties involved in the South China Sea maritime claims to find constructive ways to develop healthy dialogues, negotiations and consultations.

Wisma Putra in a statement on Wednesday said Kuala Lumpur believed “all relevant parties can peacefully resolve disputes by full respect for diplomatic and legal processes and relevant international law and 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”

“Malaysia is fully committed and calls on all parties to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety; and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) as agreed between China and Asean countries.

“Malaysia believes that it is important to maintain peace, security and stability through the exercise of self-restraint in the conduct of activities that may further complicate disputes or escalate tension, and avoid the threat or use of force in the South China Sea,” the statement said.

It also said that while Malaysia cherished peace and stability in the South China Sea, it believed that China and all relevant parties can find constructive ways to develop healthy dialogues, negotiations and consultations while upholding the supremacy of the rule of law for the peace, safety and security for the region.

The statement was in response to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on Tuesday that found that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) through its large-scale activities in the South China Sea.

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