|Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's election to the UNESCO Executive Board for the 2015 to 2019 term demonstrates the country's increasing status and prestige in the global arena as well as the international community's recognition of her significant contributions to the UN agency.
Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Le Hai Binh made the remarks at a press conference in Ha Noi yesterday.
He noted that this is the fourth time Viet Nam has won a seat at UNESCO's important management organ, which is responsible for making policy and building short and mid-term plans.
Viet Nam obtained 156 out of the 186 votes at the ongoing 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris yesterday.
Earlier, the country served in the Executive Board for 1978 to 1983, 2001 to 2005, and 2009 to 2013.
The spokesman confirmed that Viet Nam will proactively work with other member countries in UNESCO's policy-making to substantially contribute to the fields of education, natural sciences, educational sciences, culture and information-communication.
Woman returns home
A Vietnamese businesswoman who was arrested in the Philippines for carrying a bullet in her purse has returned home, the spokesman said.
The arrest took place at Ninoy Aquino airport on November 7, and it was immediately reported to the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines. The embassy then promptly launched the necessary protection measures for Vietnamese citizens abroad.
VN workers in Algeria
The first group of Vietnamese workers in Algeria who wished to return home after a dispute with their Chinese employer in September will fly home on November 15 and the remaining 36 workers will be brought back to Viet Nam on November 18 and 20.
The repatriation of the workers is done under an agreement signed on November 1 between Simco Song Da, the company that sent the workers to Algeria, and the Chinese employer in Algeria, Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd.
In early October, 55 Vietnamese workers contracted to work for Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd in Algeria called for help after being beaten by their employer.
The work contract says the workers should be paid based on working days and on a monthly basis. However, when they arrived in Algeria, the Chinese employer wanted to switch to piecework payment.
After the Vietnamese workers objected to the change, they were assaulted by the Chinese employer on September 16. Two workers were injured during the assault.
After negotiations, Simco Song Da and Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd reached an agreement that those workers who want to return home must pay US$1,700 to end their contract ahead of schedule.
Simco Song Da will pay in advance the compensation amount to the Chinese employer and air tickets to help the returnees. Among the 55 workers, 49 want to return to Viet Nam, while the remaining want to continue working.
East Sea dispute
In response to China's President Xi Jinping remark in Singapore on November 7 that indicated China retained some historical claims over Viet Nam's Paracel and Spartly islands, the ministry's spokesperson said "Once again, Viet Nam insists that it has indisputable sovereignty over the Paracel and Spartly islands as well as firm legal and historical grounds to support its claim."
Viet Nam demands other countries respect its sovereignty over the islands and refrain from making comments that might further complicate the East Sea issues in regards to the region's stability and peace. — VNS