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International meeting focuses on Pacific area security

Update: May, 25/2015 - 15:59
Delegates in a joint photo. — Photo qdnd.vn

DA NANG (VNS) — More than 80 deputies from nine ASEAN countries are participating in the Pacific Area Security Sector Working Group (PASSWG) 2015 in the central city this week.

Representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Mongolia, besides the United States and Viet Nam will also attend the meeting.

The five-day meeting, which opened yesterday, will focus on issues such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security and combating terrorism, among others.

The event is also a chance for Việt Nam to share the opinion, role and responsibility of the Viet Nam's People's Army in security in the region and the world, thus strengthening friendship and understanding between the Vietnamese People's Army and the armies of the participating countries.

"We have witnessed rapid change and challenges of traditional and non-traditional security in the region and the world over the past years. A series of matters, including terrorism, maritime security and natural disasters have impacted on peace, stability and security in each country in the region and the world," Major General Do Thanh Binh, commander of the Military Special Task Force, said at the opening ceremony of the meeting.

"Solutions for the concerned challenges need joint efforts and responsibility of all countries, among which the Vietnamese Army plays an important role," Binh said.

He said Viet Nam highly appreciated the initiative of hosting PASSWG and the achievements that resulted from 2010.

He said many achievements from previous PASSWG have been implemented to boost trust, peace and co-operation among the armies of the countries for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

"Viet Nam's People's Army has actively participated in different fields of defence co-operation and created initiatives in the framework of the ASEAN defence ministries meeting and the expanded ASEAN defence ministries meeting, agreeing on solutions for anti-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as for maintaining stability, security and safety on the seas," Binh said.

"Viet Nam absolutely supports solutions for dealing with all conflict with dialogue and peaceful negotiations. We protest against solutions that use weapons or threaten the use of weapons to deal with conflict," he said.

He said Viet Nam also supported the manner of resolution of all conflict in accordance with international law, the United Nations conventions and regional agreements, and without increasing tension.

The meeting, entitled ‘Security for people-centered ASEAN', will end on May 29. — VNS

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