Staff of the UN mission in Colombia (Source: UN)
Addressing the United Nations Security Council’s online public debate on the situation in Colombia and the operations of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Quy acknowledged the positive development steps in the country in the political and political fields. socio-economic, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He praised the Colombian government‘s commitments to implement the reintegration process, including the protection of former combatants.
The Vietnamese representative proposed that all relevant parties continue to engage in dialogue in a constructive manner to address the challenges and differences in the peace process, especially the approval of the mechanisms set up in accordance with the Peace Agreement.
Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, praised the political, security and economic progress in the South American country since the signing of the Peace Agreement.
He, however, expressed concern over the increase in attacks and violence targeting veterans and socialists.
He called on the Government of Colombia to continue promoting the political process and protecting vulnerable groups, especially women and children, in areas affected by the conflict.
The participants also suggested that the government complete the orientations on the implementation of public policies and socio-economic development.
They also reaffirmed their support for the activities of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia and the government of the country during the peace and national reconciliation process.
Vietnam calls on parties in Western Sahara to resume negotiations
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), reaffirmed Vietnam’s support for the settlement of the Western Sahara issue through peace talks between the parties concerned on the basis of international law and UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
Addressing the UNSC debate on the situation in Western Sahara on April 21, the Vietnamese diplomat stressed the need to find a just, lasting and acceptable solution for all parties, which guarantees the self-determination of the people in Western Sahara and is consistent with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter for Peace, Cooperation and Development in the region.
He also highlighted the role of the UN and other stakeholders, including the African Union (AU), in conciliation, conflict prevention and confidence building to resolve the issue.
Quy urged relevant parties to restrain and avoid actions leading to escalation of tensions, and resume negotiations as soon as possible with the UN’s intermediary role.
The Ambassador shared the difficulties faced by people in Western Sahara, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that priority must be given to ensuring that humanitarian activities are not hampered.
There is a need to appoint an envoy of the UN Secretary General to Western Sahara soon to continue implementing the results of the negotiations achieved in 2019, Quy said.
Reports presented during the debate showed that the situation in Western Sahara in recent years has continued to witness hostile activities and a lack of respect for the 1991 ceasefire and the military agreement n ° 1 between the parties involved.
The head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Colin Stewart, also mentioned the difficulties and challenges the mission faces in implementing its tasks, including the collection and verification of information in the field.
Vietnam concerned by recent developments in Somalia
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, on April 20 shared the concern of other countries over recent developments in Somalia, which would hamper the electoral process in the country.
Chairing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) informal interactive dialogue on the situation in Somalia, Quy called on the parties concerned to refrain from taking actions that could complicate the situation in Somalia and the region as a whole.
He also called on the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States to put aside differences, resume dialogue and redouble their efforts to reach political consensus on the organization of the election on the basis of the agreement of September 17, 2020.
The ambassador also reiterated Vietnam’s support for the mediating role of the UN and regional organizations, especially the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, in addressing political issues in Somalia.
Vietnam supports the efforts of the Somali people for peace, stability and development, he said, calling on the international community to support these efforts on the basis of respect for international law and independence and sovereignty. of Somalia.
The dialogue was the first in-person meeting held by the UNSC since the beginning of this year thanks to Vietnam’s efforts as the council’s chairman in April.
It was also the second time this year that Council members discussed the situation in Somalia in an informal interactive dialogue. ANV