The United Nations (UN) appreciates Vietnam’s active participation in peacekeeping operations and believes the country will be a reliable peacekeeping partner, UN high-level officials said.
|Vietnamese officers actively participate in peacekeeping operations. (Source: VNA)|
The remark was made by Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Ameerah Haq, and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, during their receptions for Lieut. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army. Tuan, who is also deputy head of the Defence Ministry’ steering committee for Vietnam’s peacekeeping activities, led a Vietnamese military delegation to attend working sessions with UN representatives from October 14-16.
The two UN officials said Vietnam’s establishment of a peacekeeping centre and its deployment of two officers to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) demonstrated the country’s resolve to participate in the UN’s peacekeeping activities. They acknowledged the sound performance of the two officers in UNMISS.
Tuan expressed his gratitude for the UN’s support for Vietnam’s participation in peacekeeping missions.
He affirmed that Vietnam will soon set up a level 2 field hospital and a company of sappers based on UN guidelines.
He asked for the organisation’s continued assistance in building Vietnam’s legal framework, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding on Vietnam’s registration for the UN Stand-by Arrangement System (UNSAS), in order to ensure the level 2 field hospital can begin its operations as soon as possible.
The UN Under-Secretary-General spoke highly of Vietnam’s commitment to establish a level 2 field hospital in order to take part in the UN’s peacekeeping efforts, saying that the organisation would promptly send officials to Vietnam to help set up the hospital.
Edmond Mulet said instabilities in the global arena are causing new challenges and forcing peacekeeping operations to constantly be improved. He urged more contributions from Vietnam and suggested the country consider sending female officers to join the UN’s peacekeeping missions.