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Việt Nam calls for int'l efforts to prevent violence, promote dialogue in Myanmar

Update: April, 11/2021 - 14:14

Myanmar police tighten security in Yangon city VNA Photo

NEW YORK — Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the United Nations, has called on the international community to make constructive contributions to help Myanmar prevent violence, promote an environment conducive to dialogue and reconciliation while respecting the country's principles of independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity.

During an Arria-formula online meeting of the UN Security Council member states which was co-chaired by the UK, the US, Estonia, France, Ireland and Norway on April 9, Ambassador Quý urged supporting the role of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Myanmar and creating favourable conditions for the envoy's working trip to Myanmar.

He stressed the top priority is ensuring life, security and safety of all, and unobstructed humanitarian aid to those in need of help, especially vulnerable groups in the society. He called on parties concerned in Myanmar to refrain from violent acts, conduct dialogues and reconciliation according to the will and aspirations of the people, for the sake of peace and stability in the region.

Quý affirmed that Myanmar was a member state of the ASEAN family and the bloc was ready to help the country in a constructive and peaceful manner via related mechanisms.

ASEAN member states, including Việt Nam, had been working with parties concerned in Myanmar to promote dialogue and seek solutions to the issues, he said. He also called on the international community to support ASEAN’s efforts and stance, and said that discussions at the UN and relevant important issues needed consultations with ASEAN member countries and others in the region.

Rapporteurs at the event expressed concern over the current situation in Myanmar and warned about the risks of economic, food and health crises as well as a potential civil war. Many opinions called for refraining from violence and preventing tension escalation, while asking to settle differences and disputes via dialogue and reconciliation that meet Myanmar people’ aspirations.

The Arria-formula meeting is an informal meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss important and emerging issues with the participation of countries in and outside the UNSC as well as related organisations. — VNS

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