Vietnam attends chiefs of defence conference on UN peacekeeping

Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (second row, third from right) attends the Chiefs of Defence Conference on United Nations peacekeeping in New York (Photo: VNA)

New York (VNA) – A high-ranking delegation of the
Vietnam People’s Army attended the Chiefs of Defence Conference on United Nations
peacekeeping 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 engage in
peacekeeping activities, along with representatives of such organisations 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 substantial
contributions by countries volunteering peacekeepers, including Vietnam, to the
peace stabilisation, war consequences settlement, 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 affect
the future of peacekeeping operations such as field assistance, women’s role,
swift force deployment, and some measures for improving the efficiency of the peacekeeping

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

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

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 sending 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 best prepared before taking over the field hospital at
the UN peacekeeping mission in 2018.-VNA

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