VN to send more of­fi­cers to UN peace-keep­ing mis­sions

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

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 UK’s 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 EU’s 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

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