Vietnam Continues to Fulfill UNSC Commitments
|Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN. (Photo: VNA)|
Vietnam will continue to complete its term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and fulfill its commitments to the international community the country made when it began joining the council. The next three months will be full of challenges and new problems, so Vietnam needs to continue to strive to make its voice heard, answered the Ambassador to VNA reporters.
The country will even have to be more responsible and contribute more practical contributions in the next three months, Quy said in the context that there are only three months left until Vietnam completes its term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 2020-2021 term.
Regarding the participation and message of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the high-level general debate of the UN General Assembly, the ambassador said that the State leader’s presence made a very special impression. The theme throughout all four discussion sessions attended by the President was the image of a Vietnam with strong aspirations, wishing to contribute more responsibly to regional and global affairs. This was the reason why countries highly appreciated Vietnam, expecting the country to contribute not only in terms of policy and understanding but also resources to the regional and global affairs.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc giving a speech at the 76th UN General Assembly. Photo: VNA|
According to the diplomat, the fact that the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly was held in both face-to-face and online formats for the first time in 75 years of its history has reflected the UN’s flexibility and adaptability amid complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ambassador concluded, the main message that countries focused on at the high-level general debate and 76th session of the UN General Assembly was to strive for post-pandemic recovery, improve resilience to recover from the pandemic in a sustainable manner, meet the requirements of the planet, respect the people, and give new lease of life to the UN, reported VNA.
Vietnam urges respect for full implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened a meeting on October 4 to review the implementation of Resolution 2118, issued in 2013, on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.
|A UNSC meeting session. Photo: VNA|
Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, briefed participants on the implementation of Resolution 2118, noting that most field activities by the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are still suspended due to impacts of anti-COVID-19 measures.
Regarding the settlement of outstanding issues related to the initial declaration by Syria to the OPCW under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW Technical Secretariat and Syria are discussing to seek ways to accelerate this process. The two sides are preparing for the 25th round of consultations in the latter half of October and also for a meeting between the OPCW Director-General and the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, who is also head of the country’s national authority for the CWC.
At the session, UNSC members voiced concerns about the allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria and appealed for cooperation to be enhanced to prevent this action. They emphasised the importance of promoting technical cooperation between the OPCW Technical Secretariat and Syria to deal with the outstanding issues towards the full implementation of obligations under the CWC and UNSC Resolution 2118.
In his remarks, Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, reiterated Vietnam’s stance on condemning the use of chemical weapons, stressing the need for respecting and fully implementing the CWC.
He highlighted the role of technical consultations between Syria and the OPCW Technical Secretariat to early resolve the outstanding issues related to Syria’s initial declaration, thus seeking a durable solution to the chemical weapon issue in this country in line with Resolution 2118.
The diplomat also underlined the importance of constructive cooperation and the international community’s unanimity so as to facilitate this process, according to VNA.
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