|The construction of Viet Nam's peacekeeping centre starts this morning at Thach Hoa Commune, Thach That District, Ha Noi. — Photo qdnd.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The construction of Viet Nam's peacekeeping centre started this morning at Thach Hoa Commune, Thach That District, Ha Noi.
The peacekeeping centre will house a commanding office, hall, lecture hall, housing areas for staff, as well as trainers, trainees, foreign experts, army medical corps training area, and sport club.
Work on the centre, which is estimated at VND215 billion (US$9.85 million), is expected to finish in 2017.
It will not only serve Viet Nam's peacekeeping missions but will also conduct training for human relief and disaster rescue forces in the region.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army Lieutenant General Le Chiem said such a centre is necessary for the operation and training of peacekeeping forces. He also expressed his hope that Viet Nam's centre will meet regional and international peacekeeping requirements.
The Ministry of Defence launched the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre last month, marking the country's official participation in the United Nations peacekeeping operations.
The centre is tasked with preparing, counselling, and training personnel and forces under the Viet Nam People's Army so that they can join the UN peacekeeping missions.
Chiem noted that the establishment of the centre confirms that Viet Nam is a responsible member of the international community and is keen to work toward establishing a peaceful, stable, and cooperative future.
Apart from Le Chiem , Deputy Defence Minister and head of the ministry's Steering Committee for participation in the UN peacekeeping missions Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Deputy Director of the Viet Nam People's Army General Department of Politics Senior Lieutenant General Mai Quang Phan were also present at the groundbreaking ceremony. — VNS