08/06/2019 15:42 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam furthers contributions to world peace, prosperity and development

Vietnam officially won the election to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021 after getting 192 votes out of the 193 member countries and territories of the UN General Assembly on June 7 evening (Vietnam time). Vietnam's receipt of such dominant support has met the expectations of all Vietnamese people. It also shows that the country’s active, substantive and responsible contributions to the UN, including the UNSC, for the past many years have been recognised by the international community.

At a press conference in New York, Foreign Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung expressed thanks to the international community and affirmed that Vietnam will play a constructive and responsibile role in its new position at the UN Security Council. Photo: Xinhua / VNA 

Foreign Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung (middle), Head of  the Vietnamese delegation, casts vote to select five non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 in New York. Photo: Xinhua / VNA
 
Foreign Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung receives congratulations from diplomatic representatives after the election in New York. Photo: Xinhua / VNA 
 
Foreign Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung (right) and representatives of the four countries winning the election to become non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. Photo: Xinhua / VNA 

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has affirmed Vietnam is a trustworthy partner for sustainable peace in a message following the country’s election to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021.

In his message, on behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, the leader offered sincere thanks to UN member states for supporting and electing Vietnam to this post for the second time.

He said this was the international community’s important recognition and appreciation of the country’s role and contributions to international and regional work. It also showed the growing stature and prestige of Vietnam in the international arena.

He noted it is a great honour of Vietnam to become a non-permanent member of the UNSC, affirming the country’s right foreign policy. However, it is also a heavy responsibility that requires Vietnam make utmost efforts to fulfill tasks assigned by the international community.

Vietnam has been implementing the consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations, and active  integration into the world; being a friend, a trustworthy partner and a responsible member of the international community; and promoting the compliance with the UN Charter and international law, thereby actively contributing to global joint efforts for peace, cooperation and development, he said.

The Party and State leader added with the new resolve, the strong belief in the whole Party and people’s strength and will, efforts and smooth, effective coordination among all-level authorities, ministries and sectors, along with the people’s support, Vietnam will successfully play its role as a non-permanent member of the UNSC, deserving being a trustworthy partner for sustainable peace.
 
Talking to the media right after the election, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung appreciated the international community’s support and pledged that Vietnam will play a constructive and responsible role in this position at the UNSC.
 
This is the second time the country has been elected a non-permanent member of the UNSC, after the first in 2008-2009.
As one of the six major UN organs, the UNSC has 15 members, including five permanent and the remaining 10 ones with two-year tenures. It is the only UN organ to have the right to assess threats to peace and propose or decide on measures to maintain or restore global peace and security.
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