Việt Nam urges Israeli-Palestinian talks, end to Syria war

Update: April, 22/2017 - 01:00
Ambassador Nguyễn Phương Nga, head of the Việt Nam delegation to the UN, at the UN Security Council. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Nga
Viet Nam News

NEW YORK — Việt Nam calls on Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations on a peaceful solution to their conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, Ambassador Nguyễn Phương Nga, head of the Việt Nam delegation to the UN, said Thursday at the UN Security Council’s open debate on the Middle East. 
She affirmed that Việt Nam supports the Palestinians’ just struggle for basic rights, including the right to self-determination. 
The ambassador also expressed deep concern over recent developments in Syria, stressing that Việt Nam strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons and actions against innocent civilians. 
She urged all parties to immediately stop actions that could escalate tensions and co-operate on a political solution to the Syrian conflict through dialogue and negotiation. 
Only a peaceful solution, on the basis of basic principles of international law, can achieve sustainable peace for Syria and end the misery for Syrians, she added. 
During the debate, representatives of 51 countries and three organisations delivered speeches. Many of them expressed concerns over prolonged conflicts, violence and escalating tensions in the Middle East. 
They called upon Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, which has lasted for 50 years, while condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria on April 4, and supporting the pursuit of political solutions. — VNS