29/05/2015 11:31 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Hails Vietnam’s Role and Position

During an official visit to Vietnam from May 22-23, 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Vietnamese leaders discussed measures on promoting relations and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the UN in the future.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed impressive Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements during the process of Doi moi. He also spoke highly of Vietnam’s increasing role in the UN, such as Vietnam being an official member of the UN Security Council in 2008-2009 term and now is a member of the Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 period and Vietnam has contributed to UN’s peacekeeping activities. Therefore, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hoped Vietnam will continue actively contributing to joint efforts, including through Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN Economic and Social Council in 2016-18 and the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.

The UN Secretary-General suggested Vietnam continue closely cooperating with the UN in realising the  “Delivering as One”  initiative.

  State President Truong Tan Sang receives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA
State President Truong Tan Sang talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon . Photo: Tri Dung/VNA
 Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  . Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  attends and addresses the deputies attending the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly.
Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

 Regarding the East Sea issue, the UN leader said the UN is closely following developments in the waters which are crucial and serious.

Ban Ki-moon shared the deep concern by Vietnam, ASEAN, and the G7 countries over the continued reclamation and large-scale building activities that change the status quo of many islands, outcrops, and submerged rocks, which has violated international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), undermining the trust among nations, and seriously threatening peace, stability, security, and maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea and the entire region.

The UN Secretary General expressed his concern over the tension in the East Sea , recommended concerned parties refrain from actions that could elevate tensions,  and called for the sides to respect and adhere to international law and issue a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.  The UN and he are willing to attend multilateral discussions on this issue provided that concerned parties agree.

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
Photo: Pham Kien/VNA

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  attends the conference on summing up Vietnam’s one-year participation in
UN peacekeeping activities  and announcing the project on building Vietnam’s Peacekeeping Centre. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  attends the inaugural ceremony of the “The Green UN House” in Vietnam. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA
 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   visits the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA