Pakistan reiterates support to Beijing on South China Sea issue

ISLAMABAD,13th July, 2016 (WAM) -- Pakistan has reiterated its support for Beijing on the South China Sea issue, maintaining that disputes over the South China Sea should be peacefully resolved.

Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, in a statement in the federal capital, Islamabad, said that Pakistan maintains that disputes over the South China Sea should be peacefully resolved, through consultations and negotiations by states directly concerned, in accordance with bilateral agreements and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan opposes any imposition of unilateral will on others, and respects China's statement of optional exception in light of Article 298 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS.

"Pakistan believes that maintenance of peace and security is the collective responsibility of all parties to the South China Sea," said Zakaria.

"Countries outside the region should fully respect efforts made by China and the ASEAN countries to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, and play a constructive role to this end," he added.