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ASEAN peacekeeping centres look to boost ties in COVID-19 response

Update: July, 17/2020 - 11:40


Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyễn Chí Vịnh hosts the event from Việt Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo 

HÀ NỘI — A video conference of the ASEAN Peacekeeping Centres Network (APCN) was held by the Việt Nam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VDPO) in Hà Nội on Thursday, focusing on ways to enhance cooperation among the network’s members in COVID-19 response.

This was the first APCN videoconference held by Việt Nam as APCN Chair and host of the eighth annual APCN general meeting.

The APCN, established in 2011 within the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) framework, is intended to promote the partnership in peacekeeping training in ASEAN, thereby helping the ASEAN Community building and practically contributing to the UN’s peacekeeping missions for the sake of a region and a world of peace, co-operation and common development.

Opening the conference, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyễn Chí Vịnh said the complex developments of COVID-19 have considerably affected defence co-operation activities. 

However, he noted, ASEAN countries have been actively responding to this pandemic in line with the 2020 ASEAN theme “Cohesive and Responsive”.

Stressing the importance of concurrently fighting against COVID-19 and preventing disruptions to peacekeeping activities, VDPO Director Maj. Gen. Hoàng Kim Phụng said the videoconference aimed to make all-round preparations for peacekeeping forces to stay ready to take part in the UN’s joint efforts to perform their duties and combat the pandemic in the areas the missions are based in.

He also expressed his belief that the APCN would adopt a suitable approach in the bloc’s spirit of “Cohesive and Responsive” so that the member countries can together maintain and enhance effective cooperation in UN peacekeeping activities amid complex developments of COVID-19.

At the event, participants looked into ways to reinforce ties among APCN members in the face of the pandemic, the Vietnamese army’s experience in COVID-19 prevention and control, and disease prevention measures for UN peacekeeping forces. They also got updates on the disease situation at UN peacekeeping missions. — VNS

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