Vietnam is an Essential Partner of the World Peace Council
"Vietnam will continue to make active contributions to the world peace movement," said Socorro Gomes Coelho, President of the WPC. Vietnam has become an active country and achieved thriving improvement in terms of economic, and social progress, and the improvement of the people’s lives, notably when those achievements are reached through the valiant struggles for peace and independence of the Vietnamese people.
Vietnam inspires and is a good friend to any people in the world that are fighting for independence, sovereignty, and peace. We have great admiration, respect, and sympathy for the Vietnamese people and their leaders.
|Socorro Gomes Coelho, President of the WPC (Second from left) and VNT's writers (Photo: Thu Ha)|
We are facing a great deal of challenges. To unify people that are fighting for peace, we need a plan of action. We hope to strengthen the unity of the WPC, transforming WPC into a stronger organization so that we can contribute to preventing war and support the development of the peace community.
According to the WPC President, Vietnam has the sympathy of all people in the world and experience in uniting people to prevent war. Therefore, " Vietnam is an essential partner of the WPC." Vietnam can contribute to the global peace movement through its peace community, which is an essential part of this effort and in the organization of the WPC, said she.
"Vietnam is a secure place," said Tasos Costeas, President of the Cyprus Peace Council. "This is the first time I come to Vietnam. Vietnam is a different country. In some cities in the world, it is afraid to go out at night but in Hanoi, even women go free and feel secure at night. I have never seen such a scene before."
According to the President of the Cyprus Peace Council, Vietnamese people are polite, kind and civilized.
|Tasos Costeas, President of the Cyprus Peace Council (Photo: Thu Ha)|
"Last Sunday, I saw many lovely Vietnamese girls wearing ao dai, standing beside flower vendors on the side of the road to take photos. Those are very beautiful, impressive images. Vietnam has a lot of cars and motorbikes on the street, sometimes it is a little bit overcrowded, but I see no accidents. I see no criminal. It is a pleasant feeling to go anywhere I want without feeling threatened. I am absolutely free when I'm here."
Costeas said he was interested in visiting historical sites in Vietnam. "I want to visit the Army Museum and History Museum. The Army Museum displays many destroyed army equipment. Vietnam is an example of a brave country in fighting for peace."
"President Ho Chi Minh is admired by many Dominicans," said Juan Pablo Acosta Garcia, President of the Dominican Union of Journalists for Peace. "I have two days only in Hanoi but I already have a sentiment for the friendly city and people here. President Ho Chi Minh is a great leader throughout history, he is very well-known. Before coming to Vietnam, I only read about your country in newspapers, but coming here changed my point of view."
The President of the Dominican Union of Journalists for Peace said Vietnam and Dominica had rooms for exchange and cooperation in the future. "Even now not many people in my country know about Asia and about Vietnam. I think the two countries can cooperate and intensify communication in the future because we both contribute to the world peace movement and we can connect through social media and personal channels between Dominica and Vietnam."
"I love Vietnamese food," said Ganim Gazawi, Board Member of the Israeli Peace&Solidarity Committee. "For a lot of years, I dream to come to Vietnam. I respect the people of Vietnam so much, they make victory in the war. Personally, I studied in Russia and have a lot of friends who come from Vietnam. I like the Vietnamese people and the food. This will not be the last time I come to Vietnam."
|Ganim Gazawi, Board Member of the Israeli Peace&Solidarity Committee (Photo: Thu Trang)|
"Many tourists from my country come to Vietnam because of the beach and the hospitable and politeness of your people. The preparation for this assembly is good, everything is perfect, from how they organized to how they greet us at the airport, and the translation."
"This is the second time I came to Vietnam. This time, I am interested in peace-relating topics." Milan Krajca, President of the Peace Movement of the Czech Republic said: "The last time I was in Vietnam, I had a deep impression of a country that has won in the struggle for national liberation and unification and has reached many development achievements today."
|Milan Krajca, President of the Peace Movement of the Czech Republic (Photo: Thu Trang)|
"This visit to Vietnam strengthens my impression. I highly appreciate Vietnam's role in the United Nations and all other international forums and organizations. Vietnam always stands by the side with peace."
“We learned a lot about construction and innovation from Vietnam”. Aqel Mahmoud Ahmed Tugoz - Coordinator of the Palestinian Peace and Solidarity Committee said: "Five years ago, I went to Hanoi to attend the Executive Committee Meeting of the WPC. I have always followed the development of Vietnam. Vietnam has well developed and its position in the international arena is increasingly strengthened."
|Aqel Mahmoud Ahmed Tugoz - Coordinator of the Palestinian Peace and Solidarity Committee (Photo: Thu Trang)|
Vietnam has hosted two important events: the Executive Committee of the WPC (2017) and the current 22nd Assembly.
"This has proved the positive contributions of Vietnam, particularly the Vietnam Peace Committee to the world peace movement and the WPC. We have learned a lot from Vietnam in the past struggle for national liberation and the current renovation, construction and development. Vietnam has always stood by and supported Palestine. We are very grateful for that," he said.
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