HANOI, March 1 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in the official Vietnamese press on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
-- The State Securities Commission, the stock market regulator, has asked Sacombank and Eximbank to explain the recent volatility in the price of Sacombank shares.
-- Vietnam’s cashew industry has planned to export 170,000 tonnes of the nuts this year, up 2.3 percent from 2011, the Vietnam Cashew Association said.
-- Vietnam demanded China not violate its indisputable sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagos and stop ill-treating and compensate damages for Vietnamese fishermen, Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said.
-- Vietnam and the European Union should step up negotiations for a free trade agreement, said David O‘Sullivan, EU Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. (Reporting by Hanoi Newsroom; Editing by Ramya Venugopal)