Vietnam to dispatch more officers to UN peace-keeping missions
Updated : Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:55 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamwill send more officers, especially females, to participate in the UNpeacekeeping operations, said Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. NguyenChi Vinh. 

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (left) and Chairman of
the EU Military Committee Mikhail Kostarakos - Source: VNA

Speaking at a recent meetingof EU chiefs of defence in Belgium as an honorary guest, Vinh said Vietnam isscheduled to run the level-2 field hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan in thesecond quarter of this year to replace the UK’s level-2 field hospital. 

In 2019 or 2020, Vietnamwill dispatch a peacekeeping military engineer unit to a suitable mission, thedeputy minister added. 

Applauding the EU’scontributions to peacekeeping, Vinh affirmed that Vietnam will make morecontributions to UN peacekeeping operations within its capacity and foreignpolices.

He noted that after nearlyfour years of joining UN peacekeeping operations, Vietnam has sent 20 officersto work at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CentralAfrican Republic and the UN Mission in South Sudan, including a femaleofficer. 

Vinh suggested an officialdefence partnership between Vietnam and the EU by pushing the signing of aVietnam-EU joint vision statement on national defence, and a memorandum ofunderstanding on bilateral defence ties, including in UN peacekeepingactivities. 

He also called on Vietnamand the EU to increase the exchange of delegations and mutual consultations atmultilateral forums and mechanisms to which both sides are members such as theASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus. 

In peacekeeping, the twosides should intensify the sharing of professional knowledge and experiencethrough training, workshop organisation and exchange of experts to help Vietnamimprove capacity and step up affiliation between the Vietnam PeacekeepingDepartment and peacekeeping training centres of the UN. 

During the two-dayconference, which was held by the EU Military Committee, the delegatesdiscussed security and defence issues relating to the EU and EU campaigns.

It brought together chiefsof defence from 28 EU member countries and guests from the UN, NATO, the USAfrica Command, the Republic of Korea, Jordan, Serbia, Cuba and Vietnam. 

On the sidelines of theevent, Vinh had bilateral meetings and working sessions with several EU chiefsof defence and representatives of the European External Action Service.


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