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Friday, 3 June 2016

AU official calls for resolving South China Sea disputes via dialogue

Source: Xinhua | 

An aerial photo taken on Sept. 25, 2015 from a seaplane of Hainan Maritime Safety Administration shows cruise
 vessel Haixun 1103 heading to the Yacheng 13-1 drilling rig during a patrol in south China Sea. (Xinhua/Zhao

ADDIS ABABA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) Commission Deputy Chairperson
Erastus Mwencha has urged the countries directly concerned to embrace dialogue and
peacefully resolve their disputes over the South China Sea.
The sovereign countries directly concerned should give consultations and negotiations a
 chance, in accordance with international law, to maintain peace and stability in the South
China Sea, said Mwencha when meeting with Chen Xufeng, charge d'affaires ad interim of
 the Chinese Mission to the AU on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
"It is important to seek peaceful means to settle the territorial and maritime jurisdictional
disputes through friendly consultations and negotiations, in accordance with the provisions
of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea as well as to enhance the
 mutual trust for peace and stability," Mwencha said.
During the meeting, Mwencha and Chen discussed issues of mutual interest and exchanged
 views on China-AU cooperation.