US Navy’s freedom of navigation operation in Indian EEZ with out consent irks India | India Information
New Delhi/Washington: In an uncommon transfer, the US Navy has introduced that this week it performed a freedom of navigation operation in Indian waters with out prior consent to problem India’s “extreme maritime claims”, triggering a response from New Delhi, which on Friday mentioned it has conveyed considerations to Washington by means of diplomatic channels.
The Ministry of Exterior Affairs additionally contested the US Navy’s 7th Fleet assertion of April 7 that the liberty of navigation operation (FONOP) by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful makes use of” of the ocean recognised in worldwide legislation by difficult India’s “extreme maritime claims”.
“India’s said place on the UN Conference on the Legislation of the Sea (UNCLOS) is that the Conference doesn’t authorise different states to hold out within the Unique Financial Zone (EEZ) and on the continental shelf, navy workouts or manoeuvres, specifically these involving using weapons or explosives, with out the consent of the coastal state,” the MEA mentioned.
“The USS John Paul Jones was constantly monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf in the direction of the Malacca Straits. Now we have conveyed our considerations concerning this passage by means of our EEZ to the federal government of USA by means of diplomatic channels,” the MEA mentioned.
Asserting in regards to the operation, the assertion by the seventh Fleet mentioned,”this freedom of navigation operation upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful makes use of of the ocean recognised in worldwide legislation by difficult India’s extreme maritime claims.”
“On April 7, 2021 (native time) USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) asserted navigational rights and freedoms roughly 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, inside India’s unique financial zone, with out requesting India’s prior consent, in step with worldwide legislation,” the assertion mentioned.
India requires that different international locations ought to take prior consent from it to conduct navy workouts or manoeuvres in its EEZ or continental shelf, which the US Navy assertion claimed was inconsistent with worldwide legislation.
Asserting that the US forces function within the Indo-Pacific area each day, the assertion mentioned “all operations are designed in accordance with worldwide legislation and show that the US will fly, sail and function wherever worldwide legislation permits.”.
“We conduct routine and common FONOPs, as we now have carried out prior to now and can proceed to sooner or later. FONOPs are usually not about one nation, nor are they about making political statements,” it added.