VN to send more officers to UN peace-keeping missions
BRUSSELS Vietä Nam will send more officers, especially women, to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations, said Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyenã Chí Vònh.
Speaking as an honorary guest at a recent meeting of EU chiefs of defence in Belgium, Vònh said Vietä Nam is scheduled to run the level-2 field hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan in the second quarter of this year, replacing the UKs level-2 field hospital.
In 2019 or 2020, Vietä Nam will dispatch a peacekeeping military engineering unit to a suitable mission, the deputy minister added.
Applauding the EUs contributions to peacekeeping, Vònh affirmed that Vietä Nam will make more contributions to UN peacekeeping operations within its capacity and as part of its overall foreign policy.
He noted that after nearly four years of joining UN peacekeeping operations, Vietä Nam has sent 20 officers to work at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic and the UN Mission in South Sudan, including one female officer.
Vònh suggested an official defence partnership between Vietä Nam and the EU by pushing the signing of a Vietä Nam-EU joint vision statement on national defence and a memorandum of understanding on bilateral defence ties, including UN peacekeeping activities.
He also called on Vietä Nam and the EU to increase the exchange of delegations and mutual consultations at multilateral forums and mechanisms to which both sides are members, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus.
In peacekeeping, the two sides should intensify the sharing of professional knowledge and experience through training, workshop organisation and exchange of experts to help Vieät Nam improve its capacity and boost affiliation between the Vietä Nam Peacekeeping Department and peacekeeping training centres of the UN. VNS