UN Under-Secretary-General Hails Vietnam’s Engagement in Peacekeeping Operations
|Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations of the UN (Photo: AP)|
During a meeting with Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN on February 2, Lacroix highlighted Vietnam’s contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan as well as efforts by the country to promote female officers’ participation in UN peacekeeping operations.
The Under-Secretary-General affirmed that he himself and the UN Department of Peace Operations will continue their close coordination with the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence in deploying Vietnam’s engineering unit in the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), VietnamPlus reported.
Lacroix noted his hope that Vietnam will make more contributions to UN peacekeeping operations, and intensify the engagement of female officers and French-speaking officials.
The UN official said he would like to visit Vietnam as soon as possible to hold working sessions with relevant ministries and agencies in this regard.
|During a meeting with Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Photo: Vietnam Permanent Mission to the UN|
For his part, Quy, who came to say goodbye at the end of his tenure, emphasised the Under-Secretary-General’s role in UN peacekeeping operations over the past years.
He also thanked Lacroix for his support for Vietnam’s participation in this field, especially in cooperation in training and the sharing of experience in deploying peacekeeping forces.
Vietnam will make greater efforts to further contribute to UN peacekeeping operations, he stated.
Earlier, the Ministry of National Defence handed over the President’s decisions to seven officers who will be sent to UNISFA, a mission established by the UN Security Council in 2011 for peacekeeping in Sudan.
This is the first time Vietnam has deployed officers to the UNISFA at the invitation of the UN, according to VOV.
Among the officers, two have completed their peacekeeping tasks in South Sudan and Central Africa for one tenure.
|Vietnam will make greater efforts to further contribute to UN peacekeeping operations. Photo: VNA|
Last November, the ministry unveiled the first military engineering unit and rotation 4 of level-2 field hospital to be deployed to Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping mission there.
Major Hoang Kim Phụng, Director of Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said that after the defence ministry received an invitation from the UN on September 21 to deploy a Vietnamese engineering unit to take part in UNISFA, the ministry agreed in principle, expedited preparations and reported to the Politburo for further instructions.
The Politburo one month later gave its permission and appointed Deputy Defence Minister Hoang Xuan Chien as the leader of the engineering unit, comprising 184 people – with a 10-member leadership, two construction engineering sub-units with 34 officers each, one road and bridge sub-unit with 36 officers, one protection sub-unit of 30 officers, one maintenance sub-unit of 40 officers, along with one Level-I field hospital of 11 officers.
|An anouncement ceremony was held for the Vietnamese engineering unit rotation 1 and Level-II field hospital rotation 4 to be deployed to UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan. Photo: VNA|
Two hundred and three officers, including 19 reserve members, have been sent for training at the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department, Viet Nam News said.
Up to now, the level-2 field hospital rotation 4 has been basically completed in terms of personnel, with 71 officers selected from different units across the whole army.
Phung said the two units will provide humanitarian assistance activities, help the UN peacekeeping mission perform their duties, contribute to the public peacekeeping and reconstruction of the country, bringing peace and stability to the native countries, and at the same time contributing to the national defence efforts from early and from afar, in peacetime./.
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