innocent passage


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innocent passage

The right of all ships to engage in continuous and expeditious surface passage through the territorial sea and archipelagic waters of foreign coastal states in a manner not prejudicial to its peace, good order, or security. Passage includes stopping and anchoring, but only if incidental to ordinary navigation or necessary by force majeure or distress, or for the purpose of rendering assistance to persons, ships, or aircraft in danger or distress.
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The reference to purpose is intended to make clear, for example, that a ship navigating for the sole purpose of exercising its right of innocent passage is entitled to that right but that would not preclude a ship's purpose from being taken into account in assessing whether that ship posed a threat of the use of force within the meaning of Article 19(2)(a).
Under Royal Decree, Oman also recognizes only the right of innocent passage rather than transit passage through Omani territorial seas that are in the Strait of Hormuz, a strait used for international navigation.
The Japanese vice foreign minister expressed deep regret over the incident, saying Tokyo cannot overlook the Chinese boats' entry into Japanese territorial waters as innocent passage and requested that China prevent such an incident from happening again, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
UNCLOS reaffirms this conclusion by limiting military activities in only a few narrow circumstances: while ships are engaged in innocent passage, transit passage, and archipelagic-sea-lanes passage (ASLP) (articles 19, 20, 39, 40, 52, and 54).
The ship was traveling through the narrow strait, which is technically Iranian territorial water, but under international agreement is open to foreign ships making an innocent passage, said Col.
We urge the government to stick to their commitments in Nairobi and accord the official protection and innocent passage without let after the burial," he stressed.
As mentioned previously, such right of innocent passage, passage that is non-prejudicial to the peace, good order, or security of the coastal state, as well as right of transit passage, is not available to foreign warships in the coastal state's internal/inland waters, although they do retain innocent passage rights in the twelve nautical mile territorial sea that extends seawards from Canada's archipelagic baseline.
However, China has strongly opposed this interpretation noting that naval vessels' military aircraft by definition do not undertake " innocent passage.
We have clarified that this request is not to restrict the right of innocent passage but only on security considerations.
57) Innocent passage must also be conducted in a manner that is "not prejudicial to the peace.
Convention on the Law of the Sea, foreign vessels are allowed innocent passage inside the 12 nautical miles delimitating territorial waters, but the Convention does not provide for fishery or resources exploitation rights.
Innocent passage means all vessels have a right to sail through territorial waters of a country as long as they do not prejudice the peace or security of a coastal state.