Vietnam attends chiefs of defence conference on UN peacekeeping

Saturday, 2017-07-08 21:47:21
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Vietnamese Lieutenant Colonel Mac Duc Trong being put to work after joining the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan.
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NDO/VNA – A high-ranking delegation of the Vietnam People’s Army attended the Chiefs of Defence Conference for the United Nations peacekeeping work in New York, the US on July 6-7.

Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the army’s General Staff and deputy head of the Vietnamese defence ministry’s steering board for participation in UN peacekeeping, led the Vietnamese delegation to the event.

The conference was attended by heads of the defence force from more than 140 UN member countries which are currently engaging in peacekeeping activities, along with representatives of organisations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Union, and the African Union.

In his opening remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix highly valued the substantial contributions made by countries volunteering peacekeepers, including Vietnam, to peace stabilisation, settlement of war consequences, humanitarian aid to refugees, and environmental protection.

He stressed the need for higher unanimity in the UN member countries’ resolve to cope with existing urgent issues that have the potential to affect the future of peacekeeping operations such as field assistance, the role of women, swift force deployment, and measures for improving the efficiency of the peacekeeping force.

At the conference, many member nations showed their support for UN resolutions on peacekeeping and shared experience in commanding and managing peacekeeping forces.

Many of them also appreciated efforts made by countries which have recently taken part in peacekeeping operations, including Vietnam. Vietnam was recognised as a country with clear political commitments in addition to concrete and firm steps in its road map to participate in peacekeeping operations.

On the sidelines of the conference, the Vietnamese delegation had working sessions and meetings with defence officers of the UK, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand.

At a meeting with Gen. Chris Deverell – Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command, the two sides talked about the takeover of a level-2 field hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan, and the distribution of experts to help Vietnam in specialised and English language training.

They expressed the belief that with its determination and the UK’s wholehearted support, Vietnam will be adequately prepared to take over the field hospital at the UN peacekeeping mission in 2018.