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Vietnam aims to create own imprints as UNSC Chair

March 27, 2021 | 16:18

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency correspondents, Ambassador Quy said that Vietnam has both advantages and difficulties when assuming the post as the UNSC Chair next month.

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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese delegation to the UN. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam is looking to leave its imprints as the Chair of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in April through the Chair’s statements and resolutions built by Vietnam and other UNSC member countries, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese delegation to the UN, has stated.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency correspondents, Ambassador Quy said that Vietnam has both advantages and difficulties when assuming the post as the UNSC Chair next month. One of the difficulties, he went on, is the emergence of new complicated issues, for example, those related to Myanmar, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Yemen, and Syria.

In a recent UNSC meeting, the Ambassador has recently highlighted Vietnam’s strong support for UN agencies, especially the UN Relief and Works Agency, to provide humanitarian aid for people in distress, and that Vietnam calls on all parties to continue facilitating humanitarian assistance and vaccine transportation and distribution in the time ahead.

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A UNSC meeting in New York (Photo: VNA)

In addition, the differences in power countries’ stances on several issues also affect their relations when working at the UNSC.

However, Vietnam has the advantage of being a non-permanent member of the UNSC for 15 months. With the experience it has accumulated, the country’s cooperation inside and outside the council has been smoother and more effective. According to the ambassador, Vietnam has received great support from other countries in this tenure.

He added that in recent months, major countries in the UNSC have made certain adjustments to and improvement of their relations, thus facilitating Vietnam’s working tenure, according to VOV.

Regarding the key matters in Vietnam’s Chairmanship month, Ambassador Quy said the most important event will take place on April 19 under the chair of a high-ranking Vietnamese leader, discussing how to promote and intensify cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations so as to boost dialogue and trust-building measures to prevent conflicts.

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Do Hung Viet, head of the Foreign Ministry's Department of International Organisations speaks at the press conference (Photo: VNA)

Fostering the cooperation between the United Nations (UN) and regional organizations to promote trust-building and dialogue in preventing and settling disputes will continue to be one of three priorities of Vietnam while it holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in April, said Do Hung Viet, head of the ministry's Department of International Organisations.

Speaking at the ministry’s regular press conference on March 25, Viet said that this would be the continuation of Vietnam’s efforts since the beginning of its office tenure. This will be the second time Vietnam has assumed this post during its tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Earlier in January last year, as the President of the council for the first time, Vietnam held the first UNSC meeting on cooperation between ASEAN and the UN, according to Vietnam Plus.

Another important event will be an open debate on actions against bombs and mines, slated for April 8. The protection of essential infrastructure for civilians’ lives and sexual violence in conflicts will be also put on the table during Vietnam’s Chairmanship month, Quy stated.

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