Japan Highly Values CEPPP Hosted by Vietnam
|The CEPPP is an activity under the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations (PKO-EWG) Cycle 4. Photo: VNA|
Matsuzawa Tomoko, Director for Defense Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region at the Japanese Ministry of Defense, said as co-chair of the event, Japan particularly recognized the efforts of Vietnam's Defense Ministry and the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, according to Nhan dan (People) Newspaper.
The CEPPP is an activity under the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations (PKO-EWG) Cycle 4, which took place on September 13-21. It drew nearly 300 experts, trainees and observers from ADMM-Plus member countries.
The Japanese official said that Vietnam and Japan, the co-host of the event, worked closely over the past two years to prepare for CEPPP in order to ensure all participating members will benefit from the program.
She said through daily contact and observing the participation of theoretical and training sessions, she can affirm that the CEPPP has achieved the set goal of promoting cooperation among participating nations.
|A first aid drill for engineer forces injured while clearing bombs, mines and explosive materials. Photo: VNA|
Masuzawa emphasized that CEPPP is an important and unprecedented event with the participation of three forces, including military observers, engineers, and medical workers at the tactical level. The program was a chance for Vietnam, together with Japan, as well as other ADMM-Plus members to enhance their capacity, coordination and cooperation in the preparations and participation in UN peacekeeping missions.
She especially emphasized the contributions of female military officers saying that they have enormously enhanced public’s awareness on gender views while bolstering participation of female officers in implementing the UN peacekeeping missions, which is also a goal of Cycle 4.
She also expressed her hope that Vietnam and Japan will further cooperate in peacekeeping activities in the time ahead and participating ADMM-Plus State members will optimize experiences and knowledge acquired at CEPPP 2033 to contribute to the world’s peace and security.
The Ministry of National Defense on September 25 handed over the State President’s decisions to three officers, who will join the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), VietnamPlus reported.
|At the decision hand-over ceremony. Photo: VNA|
The three are Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen My Hanh, and Captain Pham Thi Mai Ngan, who will work at UNISFA, and Major Hoang Van Kien, who will go to UNMISS.
Kien will fly to the UN mission on September 28, while the others are scheduled to leave Vietnam in early October, according to Colonel Pham Manh Thang, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Addressing the event, Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA), asked the department to continue selecting personnel for the UN forces in line with regulations, and build a suitable roadmap to improve foreign language skills for Vietnamese peacekeepers.
Vietnam has to date deployed 786 officers to the UN peacekeeping missions in Abyei, Central African Republic and South Sudan, and the UN Headquarters./.
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