Udayavni Special

Pentagon defends US Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India’s EEZ without permission


PTI, Apr 10, 2021, 9:58 AM IST

Twitter Image

Washington: The Pentagon has defended its Navy asserting its navigational rights within India’s exclusive economic zone without taking New Delhi’s permission, calling the move “consistent with international law”.

In an unusual move, the US Navy announced that on Wednesday it conducted a freedom of navigation operation in Indian waters without prior consent to challenge India’s “excessive maritime claims”, triggering a reaction from New Delhi, which on Friday said it has conveyed concerns to Washington through diplomatic channels.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also contested the US Navy’s 7th Fleet statement of April 7 that the freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses” of the sea recognised in international law by challenging India’s “excessive maritime claims”.

When asked about India’s reaction over the US Navy’s move, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby on Friday said: “I can tell you is that the USS John Paul Jones, a Navy destroyer, asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Republic of the Maldives by conducting innocent passage through its territorial sea in normal operations within its exclusive economic zone without requesting prior permission”.

Earlier, announcing about the operation, the statement by the 7th Fleet said, “On April 7, 2021 (local time) USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent, consistent with international law.”

Kirby in response to a question from reporters at a Pentagon news conference said: “That’s consistent with international law.”

“Again, we continue to maintain the right, indeed the responsibility, to fly, sail, and operate in accordance with international law,” he said.

Kirby said that it is the responsibility of the US to uphold the freedom of navigation and the rights and freedom and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law.

The MEA in its statement said: “India’s stated position on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is that the Convention does not authorise other states to carry out in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and on the continental shelf, military exercises or manoeuvres, in particular those involving the use of weapons or explosives, without the consent of the coastal state.

“The USS John Paul Jones was continuously monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits. We have conveyed our concerns regarding this passage through our EEZ to the government of the USA through diplomatic channels,” the MEA added.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities

Haveri: 70-year-old Covid-19 patient commits suicide

Karnataka now first in country in active COVID-19 cases

Fully vaccinated people in US not required to wear masks: CDC

Peak will come, Covid-19 can emerge again, says Centre

Bantwal: Case registered against COVID-19 +ve man for attending marriage

No weekend Curfew in DK; lockdown-like restrictions remain



Related Articles More

Fully vaccinated people in US not required to wear masks: CDC

Israel begins firing shells into Gaza as fighting escalates

Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel

1 Swiss, 1 American die on Everest in year’s 1st casualties

57 US Congressmen urge Biden to bolster COVID-19 assistance to India

MUST WATCH

Covid Impact on the Sandalwood Industry

Groom Plays The Band At His Own Wedding

Outrage at Dictatorial Attitude: Mass Resignation from Doctors in Unnao

BMTC launches Oxygen Bus Service

Vaccines only for 45+ age group in Karnataka

Latest Additions

India adds 3.43 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4000 fresh fatalities

Fact Check: Can drinking tea prevent COVID-19?

PS5 Digital version now listed on Sony Center Website

Haveri: 70-year-old Covid-19 patient commits suicide

Man demands sexual favour in return for oxygen cylinder; netizens outraged

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.