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Việt Nam pledges more contributions to UN peacekeeping operations

Update: December, 20/2017 - 09:00
Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyễn Chí Vịnh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, presented certificate for Major Đỗ Thị Hoà Nga in October on the occassion of her becoming the first Vietnamese female officer to join the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. — VNA/VNS Photo An Đăng
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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is ready to contribute more to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, said Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyễn Chí Vịnh.

Vịnh made the commitment at a workshop to strengthen the role of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) member states in enhancing peacekeeping capacity and developing partnership with the UN, organised by the Việt Nam Peacekeeping Centre, and the Embassies of Canada and the Republic of Korea in Hà Nội on December 19-20.

The senior officer highlighted the significance of the event, affirming that Việt Nam was working to improve its ability in peacekeeping operations with its internal forces and support from other countries, especially ARF members.

Việt Nam wanted to propose initiatives on connecting regional peacekeeping centres, he said, adding that the sharing of experience and training and equipment assistance had improved Việt Nam’s ability in the field.

Barbara Nadeau, Charge d’affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Việt Nam, affirmed ASEAN’s role in making security policies in the region.

She also underlined the need to seek more effective measures to deal with conflicts in the world.

Meanwhile, Lee Miyon, Envoy at the Republic of Korea Embassy in Việt Nam, stressed the important role played by the UN in addressing complex security issues and extremism.

At the two-day workshop, participants, including those from 26 ARF member nations, the European Union and international organisations, will share experience, views and lessons related to UN peacekeeping operations as well as measures to promote co-operation and improve ARF member nations’ capacity in the work.

Initiatives to develop links between ARF member states and the UN in peacekeeping operations are also on the table. — VNS

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