Vietnam commits to continue actively contributing to UN Mission in South Sudan

Vietnam will further contribute to the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam at the UN.
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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy. (Photo: Permanent Mission of Vietnam in New York)

In his statement at an online meeting on December 15 of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in South Sudan and the operations of the UNMISS, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, who acted as Chairman of the UNSC’s 2206 South Sudan Sanctions Committee, made the affirmation that Vietnam will continue to actively contribute to the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

In his capacity as the Vietnamese representative, Quy spoke highly of the positive developments in South Sudan this year, which, he said, are remarkable given the range of difficulties posed by COVID-19 together with flooding and food shortages. Ceasefire agreements have been observed, he said, while calling on the Government of South Sudan to adopt effective measures to deal with violence between communities, Vietnam Plus quoted the ambassador.

Quy also stressed the importance of the early establishment of criteria to review the UNSC’s arms embargos on South Sudan. He also lauded the role of the UNMISS, neighboring countries, and regional organizations in promoting peace and development in the country.

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Overview of the meeting. (Photo: UNMISS)

"We would also like to emphasize the role of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other international partners in promoting peace and stability in the country," he said, according to the Permanent Mission of Vietnam in New York.

Other rapporteurs at the meeting expressed their concern over the economic and humanitarian crisis in the country as a result of the pandemic, widespread flooding, and increasing violence among communities.

UNMISS chief David Shearer praised the progress made in the formation of a transitional government, led by Kiir with First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. Briefing a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Shearer stressed the importance of international engagement in driving the momentum of the peace process in South Sudan, Reuters cited.

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Thirty Vietnamese army medical personnel left for South Sudan on first UN peacekeeping mission. (Photo: VN Express)

Founded in 2011, the UNMISS’s mission is to consolidate peace and security and help establish conditions for development in South Sudan, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the Government to govern effectively and democratically and establish good relations with its neighbors.

Vietnam officially joined UN peacekeeping operations and dispatched representatives to the UNMISS in 2014. The country has deployed a level-2 field hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan, since 2018, and is preparing for the deployment of a third hospital.

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