The spokesperson made the statement when responding to a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s viewpoint on the attack, which claimed the lives of 12 people in Paris, at a regular press conference in Hanoi on January 8.

Vietnam considers the attack as a barbaric and unacceptable act and expects instigators of the attack will be brought to justice, Hang said.

Vietnam offers its profound condolences to the French Government and people, as well as to the victims’ families, she added.

She noted that on January 8, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh sent condolence messages to their French counterparts.

The spokesperson briefed the press regarding achievements of the country’s diplomatic service and its key tasks in 2015, including continuing the international integration policy, realising Party resolutions on international integration and strategy on national protection, strengthening relations with friends and partners, and successfully hosting the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly to be held in Hanoi from 28 March to 1 April.

Answering questions relating to the navigation of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 of China in the East Sea, Hang said that the tasks of Vietnamese law enforcement forces aim to protect the sovereignty and jurisdiction rights of the country in the East Sea.

Vietnam implements its responsibilities and defends its interests in accordance with international laws for peace, stability and maritime freedom, security and safety in the East Sea, Hang added. Vietnam’s firm standpoint is addressing issues in the East Sea through peaceful measures in accordance with international laws, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, Hang said.

Regarding the establishment of four Chinese People’s Army committees at Phu Lam Island of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago (Paracel), Hang confirmed that Vietnam has sufficient testimonies regarding its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, and that any action aiming to alter the state of sea and islands around the two archipelagoes without Vietnam’s recognition is invalid and illegal.

Nhan Dan - January 8, 2015