|Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam had called on parties in the Ukraine to exercise restraint, avoid taking action that further complicates the situation and loss of civilian life, and try their best, through dialogue, to find a peaceful solution for peace, stability and development in the country and the region.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh made the statement in Ha Noi yesterday to answer reporters' queries on Viet Nam's response to the recent tensions in eastern Ukraine.
"Viet Nam is extremely worried about the complicated developments and escalating violence in eastern Ukrainian provinces."
Regarding the Vietnamese community in the Ukraine, especially in the eastern region, the Consular Department under the Foreign Ministry said that about 5,000 Vietnamese people were living, studying and working in eastern Ukraine, including 300-400 in Donetsk and surrounding areas.
The Ukrainian administration has agreed to co-ordinate with the Vietnamese side to ensure safety for the Vietnamese community there.
The Foreign Ministry has also drawn up plans to evacuate Vietnamese citizens if necessary, and the Vietnamese Embassy in the Ukraine has set up a board to ensure safe evacuations in emergency cases and assist evacuees.
In May and June, some Vietnamese families in eastern Ukraine sent their children to other regions of the country or back to Viet Nam. Since early July when fighting escalated, many Vietnamese people, including students, have moved to Kiev where they have been given accommodation.
According to the Vietnamese Embassy, no Vietnamese have been killed during the hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
The same day, also in response to reporters' queries about the escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas militants, Binh said Viet Nam was deeply concerned over the situation, which had caused serious civilian casualties.
"Viet Nam hopes the concerned parties will agree on a ceasefire and resolve the conflict through negotiations," Binh said, adding that the country supported the international community's efforts to restore peace in the area. — VNS