Vietnam attends 18th NAM Ministerial Meeting in Azerbaijan
Updated : Sunday, April 08, 2018 10:47 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnam’sDeputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy has stressed the need for the Non-AlignedMovement (NAM) to take the lead in promoting peace and security based on the UNCharter and international law – a prerequisite to sustainable development.

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Addressing the 18thNAM Ministerial Meeting held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on April 5-6, Quy alsoemphasised the importance of solving disputes by peaceful means and restrainingfrom using and threatening to use violence.

NAM should play a moreactive role in boosting the implementation of international commitments andagreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ParisAgreement on Climate Change, and the reform of the global economic andfinancial system, as well as in promoting inclusive, innovative and sustainablegrowth so as to protect interests of developing countries.

The Vietnamese delegate alsourged NAM members to cooperate closely with and support each other andresolutely follow basic principles to make the movement stay firm on the faceof the 21st century’s challenges.

Deputy Minister Quy went onto say that Vietnam, together with other ASEAN countries, always obeys andupholds principles of the UN Charter and international law.

Regarding the East Seaissue, Vietnam calls on relevant parties to restrain themselves and tackledisputes by peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including the1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, while respecting diplomatic and legalprogresses, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, andworking towards the early formation of a binding Code of Conduct in the EastSea, Quy added.

In opening the NAMMinisterial Meeting, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stressed thatrespecting international law is crucial to maintain peace and internationalsecurity for sustainable development.

NAM should continuepromoting the principles of respecting countries’ sovereignty and territorialintegrity, not interfering into other’s internal works, not using orthreatening to use violence, and settling all disputes by peaceful means, hestated.

The conference focuseddiscussions on how to deal with regional and global challenges, fostersocio-economic development, strengthen peace, stability and internationalsecurity, and boost collaboration among NAM members.

They passed the meeting’sdocument which affirms NAM’s stance and overall principles on regional andglobal issues along with the commitments to handling disputes by peaceful meanson the basis of international, acknowledges ASEAN’s efforts to build the ASEANCommunity and strengthen the bloc’s central role in the regional structure, andcalls for the peaceful settlement of the East Sea issue.

The meeting also adopted theBaku Declaration, Declaration on Palestine and Special Declaration on NelsonMandela International Day.

On the sidelines of themeeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Quy was received by Azerbaijani ForeignMinister Elmar Mammadyarov.

Quy also had bilateralmeetings with delegates from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, SouthAfrica, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the Maldives to talk ways to boostbilateral cooperation.


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