|National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu (R) meets with APRC Chairman Surakiart Sathirathai in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu has supported co-operation between the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in resolving regional and global disputes through diplomatic means, and in line with international law.
At a reception for APRC Chairman Surakiart Sathirathai, who is also former Thai Deputy Prime Minister, in Ha Noi yesterday, Luu said Viet Nam valued the APRC and the peaceful settlement of disputes covering ethnic groups, religion, land boundaries, maritime and political issues.
He said APRC would be a channel of assistance to Southeast Asian nations in building peace and mediating regional disputes. He said this was part of achieving a strong political and secure ASEAN community.
Luu noted that APRC would continue doing its part for peace and stability, regionally and globally, adding that he hoped the council and its chairman would help the world understand Viet Nam was a peace-loving nation.
Surakiart said he wanted to work with Viet Nam to ensure peace in the region.
|Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) receives APRC Chairman Surakiart Sathirathai in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang
Surakiart on the same day met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.
At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highly valued the support of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) and Chairman Surakiart Sathirathai to Asian governments in resolving disputes.
Deputy PM Minh also said that resolving regional and global disputes through peaceful means would contribute to peace and stability promotion in the region.
For his part, the APRC Chairman said he supported Vietnam's peaceful solution to East Sea dispute, saying that as a non-governmental organisation, APRC would do its utmost to accelerate reconciliation and resolve disputes by peaceful means in Asia in general and in the East Sea in particular.— VNS