Lawmakers debate Vietnam Coast Guard bill

(VOVWORLD) -The draft law on Vietnam Coast Guard topped the agenda of the National Assembly session in Hanoi on Tuesday. 
Lawmakers debate Vietnam Coast Guard bill - ảnh 1

The bill proposes that Vietnam’s coast guard forces operate within Vietnamese waters, but are also entitled to operate in foreign and international waters for humanitarian, peaceful purposes, or in the fight against criminal offences or law violators. At the same time, however, operations must comply with Vietnamese law, bilateral agreements, and international law and conventions.

“The law must fully institutionalize Vietnam’s marine development strategy until 2020 and the national defense strategy in the new context. It should also be compatible with international law,” said Vo Trong Viet, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Defense and Security Committee.

Vietnam first promulgated an ordinance on its coast guard forces in 1998 to safeguard its national sovereignty and interests, and help ensure marine security and safety.