Maritime security: open seas a cornerstone for peace and stability – G7
April 12, 2016
“Free, open and stable seas are a cornerstone for peace, stability and prosperity of the international community”, the G7 Foreign Ministers underlined at a meeting on maritime security in Hiroshima (Japan) on Monday 11 April 2016. In their statement, the representatives of the seven major powers and the EU focused on the Asian zone and the South China Sea in particular, but the principles are universally applicable. The G7 confirms the importance of “maintaining a maritime order based upon the universally recognized principles of international law,” the statement said.
The ministers reaffirmed their “commitment to the freedoms of navigation and overflight and other internationally lawful uses of the high seas and the exclusive economic zones as well as to the related rights and freedoms in other maritime zones, including the rights of innocent passage, transit passage and archipelagic sea lanes passage consistent with international law.” The fight against piracy was also mentioned and the G7 underlined the need “to strengthen the international cooperation” in this area.