Vietnam asks Colombian government for more help



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the United Nations (UN), called on the UN and the international community to support the Colombian government and promote peace, security and development in that country.

Staff of the United Nations Mission in Colombia (Source: UN)

Addressing the United Nations Security Council’s open online debate on the situation in Colombia and the operations of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, Quy acknowledged the positive stages in the country’s development in the political and socio -economic, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He praised the Colombian government‘s commitments to implement the reintegration process, including the protection of ex-combatants.

The Vietnamese representative proposed that all parties concerned continue to engage in the dialogue constructively to address the challenges and differences in the peace process, in particular the approval of the mechanisms established in accordance with the Peace Agreement.

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, praised the political, security and economic progress in this South American country since signing of the Peace Agreement.

He, however, expressed his concerns over the increase in attacks and violence targeting veterans and socialists.

He called on the Colombian government to continue promoting the political process and protecting vulnerable groups, especially women and children, in areas affected by the conflict.

The participants also suggested to the government comprehensive guidelines 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 resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Addressing the Security Council 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 of Western Sahara. and is consistent with the principles and objectives. 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 the parties concerned to restrict and avoid actions leading to escalation of tensions, and to resume negotiations as soon as possible with the intermediary role of the UN.

The Ambassador shared the difficulties faced by the people of Western Sahara, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that priority should be given to ensuring that humanitarian activities are not hampered.

It is necessary to soon appoint an envoy of the UN Secretary General to Western Sahara to continue to implement the results of the negotiations obtained in 2019, said Quy.

Reports presented during the debate showed that the situation in Western Sahara in recent years has continued to witness hostile activity and a lack of respect for the 1991 ceasefire and the Military Accord. n ° 1 between the parties concerned.

The head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Colin Stewart, also spoke of the difficulties and challenges that the mission faces in the implementation of its tasks, including the collection and verification of field information.

Vietnam concerned about recent developments in Somalia

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on April 20 shared concerns from other countries over recent developments in Somalia, which would hamper the country’s electoral process.

Chairing the informal interactive dialogue of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in Somalia, Quy called on the parties concerned to refrain from taking measures that could complicate the situation in Somalia and the region as a whole.

He also called on the federal government and Somali federal member states to put aside differences, resume dialogue and redouble their efforts to reach political consensus on the organization of the elections on the basis of the agreement of the United Nations. September 17, 2020.

The Ambassador also reiterated Vietnam’s support for the mediating role of the UN and regional organizations, in particular the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, in dealing with 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 as well as independence and sovereignty of Somalia.

The dialogue was the first face-to-face meeting hosted by the Security Council since the beginning of this year thanks to Vietnam’s efforts as council president in April.

It was also the second time this year that Council members discussed the situation in Somalia in an informal interactive dialogue. VNA


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