Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy

The ambassador noted that in the past two years, Vietnam participated in 840 meetings from the ambassador level, along with negotiations on and approval of 245 documents, while during the months the country served as President of the council, 26 documents were adopted.

Quy said that Vietnam had chaired the proposal, compilation and negotiations for two resolutions of the UNSC as well as three Presidential statements, along with two resolutions of the U.N. General Assembly and the formation of the Group of Friends on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, which has drawn the largest number of participants among U.N. friend groups.

According to the diplomat, three factors helping Vietnam secure a successful working term at the UNSC are the country's political asset, including a glorious national history and tradition as well as success of the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) cause; sound diplomatic policy; and mechanisms of directing and implementing this policy, as evidenced in the country’s effective activities at the UNSC.

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Ambassador Quy affirmed that in the past two years, Vietnam has taken many reforms in external policies at the world’s largest multilateral forum.

First of all, Vietnam has exerted great efforts and put forward many initiatives, he said.

Second, Vietnam has performed the role of a mediator among world powers and groups of countries, helping them understand each other better and gain better understanding of the ASEAN regarding Myanmar issue, and of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea regarding the nuclear weapon matter in the Korean Peninsula.

When there was disagreement among countries regarding such issues as those related to security, climate change, or Syria and Yemen, Vietnam, with its good relations with different groups, helped coordinate and reach certain agreement, Quy said.

Third, Vietnam has taken up a leading role, the ambassador said, noting that Vietnam took the lead in petitioning the U.N. to make December 27 the annual International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. The Group of Friends on the UNCLOS 1982, which was initiated by Vietnam, has seen the participation of 113 countries, he said, adding that the group meets every three months to discuss issues related to the application of the UNCLOS 1982 to ensure the interest of all parties as well as international peace and security.

Source: VNA