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UN hails VN for helping keep peace

Update: June, 11/2015 - 09:58
At the event, Ladsous and Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan (right), Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army and Deputy Head of the Defence Ministry's Steering Committee for Peacekeeping, also reviewed the initial results of Viet Nam's participation in UN peacekeeping operations. — Photo Vnexpress

HA NOI (VNS) — United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous has hailed Viet Nam's participation in UN peacekeeping operations, expressing his hope that the UN and Viet Nam would further strengthen collaboration in the field.

The UN is willing to accept Vietnamese officers to field hospitals as well as Vietnamese sappers to UN missions where required, said Ladsous, while co-chairing a peacekeeping forum held by the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre in Ha Noi.

He said UN peacekeeping activities were becoming more complicated, leading to higher personnel requirements.

They were no longer limited to monitoring the implementation of a ceasefire or a peace agreement, but had expanded to collaborating with military and civil forces to protect civilians and strengthen the capacity of security forces of nations and political institutions, he said.

Peacekeeping forces also supported and enhanced the capacity of governments, strengthened law enforcement, improved gender inequality and protected human rights, noted the UN official.

At the event, Ladsous and Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army and Deputy Head of the Defence Ministry's Steering Committee for Peacekeeping, also reviewed the initial results of Viet Nam's participation in UN peacekeeping operations.

They also clarified the preparation of logistics for peacekeeping forces, challenges and requirements, and the UN's support and commitment to Viet Nam in the field.

Tuan pledged that Viet Nam was ready to send additional personnel to UN missions if requested to join hands with the international community for a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Viet Nam would also consider expanding the scale, areas and forms of participation in line with country's policies, capacities and conditions, he said.

After one year of operation, the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre has sent two officers to the UN mission in South Sudan and three officers to the Central Africa mission.

The centre has also trained officers for UN peacekeeping missions and sent more than 70 officials to training courses and conferences on peacekeeping operations abroad.

Military medical and engineering training has also been provided to forces. — VNS

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