U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday stressed the need for claimants of disputed areas of the South China Sea to avoid confrontation.
In a meeting with the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Perfecto Yasay in Manila, Kerry said the July 12 ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration should lead to mutually acceptable solutions.
“We have made clear that the decision of the arbitral tribunal convened under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is legally binding.
“We expect that the parties would comply with their obligations under the law.
“But we are not trying to create a confrontation, we are trying to create a solution, mindful of the rights of people that are established under the law’’, Kerry said.
Kerry is scheduled to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the situation in the South China Sea as well as other bilateral issues, including enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries.
China’s claim to a large swathe of the South China Sea was refuted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration earlier this month, in a case brought by the Philippines. (dpa/NAN)