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UN says it is willing to mediate in China-Vietnam territorial row

Published on Jun 11, 2014 2:56 PM
This picture taken from a Vietnam Coast Guard ship on May 14, 2014, shows a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship (left) being challenged by a China Coast Guard ship near to the site of a Chinese drilling oil rig (right, background) being installed in the disputed waters in the South China Sea off Vietnam's central coast. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA - The United Nations says it is willing to mediate in the territorial row between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon would be ready to mediate if the parties involved request for UN mediation, NHK reported.

It also quoted Mr Dujarric as saying Mr Ban has expressed hope that the dispute will be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law.

Chinese and Vietnamese vessels have been facing off near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea after a Chinese oil firm set up a drilling rig in the area in early May, according to NHK.

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