Viet Nam to promote regional organisations’ role in settling disputes

Update: 13:55 | 29/03/2021
Promoting the role of regional organisations in settling disputes is one of the three priorities that Viet Nam has set for the month it serves as chairman of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in April, said Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organisations Do Hung Viet.
Viet Nam to promote regional organisations’ role in settling disputes
Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Organisations Do Hung Viet. (Photo: Bao Chi)

In a recent interview, Viet said that Viet Nam will serve as the rotary Chairman of the UNSC for the second time during its 2020-2021 tenure as a non-permanent member, which is an important task for the country.

The country has made thorough consideration in setting the three priorities to ensure that they suit the interests and concerns of both Viet Nam and the international community.

According to Viet, regional organisations are important partners in addressing regional issues, because they have a good understanding of the relations between countries in the region as well as regional history and culture. Therefore, they could make specific and practical contributions to the search for solutions to regional problems.

The second priority is the settlement of bomb and mine consequences, which is both a global issue and a matter of significance to Viet Nam.

Viet cited statistics that showed some 60 countries worldwide are affected by unexploded ordnances, with around 15,000 people injured or die every year.

The third priority during Viet Nam’s chairmanship is to protect infrastructure essential for residents in conflicted areas.

Viet Nam to promote regional organisations’ role in settling disputes
A meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: VNA)

When serving as chair of the UNSC for the first time during the tenure in January 2020, Viet Nam had skillfully and effectively handled the differences among countries, following its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation, according to Viet.

He added that Viet Nam has good relations with many countries worldwide, including the UNSC permanent members. This is a favourable condition for the nation to carry out missions of a UNSC Chair.

However, the official said formidable challenges are ahead due to complicated developments of global and regional politics and security. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the UNSC to switch its meetings and discussions from in-person to online format, which pose certain difficulties to the process of exchange, discussion and negotiation.

He added that Viet Nam had considerable experience in holding online conferences during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, so the country is confident it can excellently perform its role as the UNSC Chair next month.

As an active and prestigious ASEAN member, Viet Nam will also work to promote ASEAN roles at the UNSC, he said, adding Viet Nam will invite Brunei – the ASEAN Chair in 2021 to attend a UNSC meeting on the role of regional organisations in preventing disputes, where it will highlight ASEAN’s efforts in boosting trust and enhancing dialogues to tackle regional issues.

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(Source: VNA)