Vietnam Peacekeeping Department makes debut

Friday, 2018-01-05 17:22:22
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Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh speaks at the ceremony. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – The Vietnam Peacekeeping Department (VPD), which was upgraded from the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre (VPC) under the Ministry of National Defence, officially made its debut at a ceremony held in Hanoi on January 5.

Congratulating the VPC on its new status, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasised that the upgrade demonstrates the Party and State’s recognition of the centre’s significant contributions over the past few years.

It also reflects the unit’s important responsibility in contributing to concretising Vietnam’s extensive international integration policy, especially in the field of defence, thus opening up a new cooperation channel with the UN and many other key partners, he stated.

Politburo member Minh called on the ministries and sectors to work closely with the Defence Ministry in peacekeeping-related activities in order to provide timely and exact advice for the Party and Government concerning the implementation of fieldwork missions, as well as involvement in the UN’s relevant policy planning, in the spirit of close, proactive and active coordination.

With the motto that contributing to international peace and security also means contributing to ensuring the country’s peace, security and development, he requested the VPD to boost human resources training, particularly in improving specialised skills and language proficiency for officers and soldiers, towards taking over a bigger role and effectively performing its noble peace-creating and peacekeeping missions.

At the ceremony, the intersectoral working group on UN peacekeeping operations was transferred from the Foreign Ministry to the Defence Ministry.

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Chi Vinh said that Vietnam’s participation in peacekeeping missions is set to be expanded in the future, so there will be difficulties in the legal framework, resources, and policies.

He called on the relevant agencies, particularly the Foreign Ministry, to assist his ministry in carrying out the tasks assigned to the working group.

Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the VPD, thanked the Party, Government and leaders for their trust, consideration and decision to upgrade the VPC into the VPD, whilst affirming that the department is committed to fulfilling its duty and responsibilities