Vietnam stands ready to contribute positively and constructively to the restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan, said a Vietnamese diplomat.
Ambassador Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Security Council, made the statement at the council’s debate on the situation in Afghanistan in New York on March 19.
“There can be no purely military solution to the situation,” Giang said, adding that an integrated approach and a comprehensive vision are required.
Moreover, improving social welfare, including healthcare and education services, should continue to be amongst the main priorities of the Government of Afghanistan, he said.
“In this process, it is important that the Afghan authorities and people are provided with necessary assistance to enhance their capacity and pro-active participation both in decision-making and in implementing socio-economic projects and programmes,” Giang said.
In this political field, the Vietnamese ambassador called on leaders of Afghanistan to place peace and political stability of their country at the centre of all calculations, overcome divisions, and renounce violence, and advance dialogue and cooperation in the common interests of the country.
He expressed his hope that the Presidential elections scheduled for August will be successful, helping restore peace and security in the country.
Giang also highly valued all efforts by the international community and other regional countries to further support Afghanistan and welcomed the upcoming special conferences on Afghanistan to be convened in Moscow and The Hague.
While affirming Vietnam’s support for the leading role of the United Nations in coordinating international civilian activities in Afghanistan, Ambassador Giang said that he endorsed the extension of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)’s present mandate for another 12 months to fulfill its tasks on the basis of its close coordination with the Government of Afghanistan as well as relevant organizations and stakeholders.