Vietnam supports all initiatives, efforts helping with Middle East Peace Process

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a videoconference on March 25 to look into the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.
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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN. (Photo: VNA)

At the event, held every three months to discuss the Resolution 2334 implementation, many UNSC member states also voiced serious concern over the enforcement situation of Resolution 2334, as well as Israel’s settlement expansion and demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.

In his remarks, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, expressed concern about the developments at the site, especially when the Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank shows no signs of ceasing. He held that these activities, together with a series of others impeding the life of Palestinians such as demolitions, will increase differences among parties, hamper the resumption of talks, and narrow opportunities to obtain lasting and sustainable solutions to the Palestinian issue, according to Vietnamnet.

Regarding the Middle East Peace Process, Vietnam welcomes and supports all the initiatives and efforts that can help promote this process, he noted, adding that the country calls on the parties to exercise self-restraint and not take actions or make any statements that may further complicate the situation. In terms of the coming elections in Palestine, Quy urged the parties concerned to create favorable conditions for the elections in all areas, including East Jerusalem.

Overview of the videoconference. (Photo: VOV)

The diplomat also 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.

According to the UN's press release, the representative of Vietnam expressed concern that little progress has been made in implementing resolution 2334 (2016) despite numerous calls from Council members and the broader international community. “We are delighted at the progress made in preparing for Palestinian elections,” he continued, calling on all parties to respect the electoral process and on Israel to facilitate the conduct of voting - including ensuring free access to polling sites in East Jerusalem. He also called on Israel to continue facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians.

Quy welcomed positive new diplomatic dynamics and reiterated Viet Nam’s support for all efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace based on international law, relevant Council resolutions, and agreed parameters.

At the event, Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said there remain concerns about the implementation of the council’s Resolution 2334 as Israel has continued expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in the places that may partition the territory of the Palestinian State in the future. Besides, Israel has continued to demolish Palestinian homes, leaving 465 people, mostly women and children, homeless while violence among parties has been causing heavy civilian casualties, he said, noting that all of these activities have violated UN resolutions and international law.

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