One principle set up in the resolution is that engagement in U.N. peacekeeping missions must be placed under the Party’s absolute and direct leadership in every aspect, decided on by the National Defense and Security Council, commanded by the State President, and managed by the Government, while complying with the Constitution and laws of Vietnam, the U.N. Charter, international law, and international treaties to which the country is a party.

Staff members of Vietnam's first Level-2 field hospital depart for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan in 2018.

Other principles include ensuring independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation, and development; matching the interests of the country and people as well as its conditions and capability; respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries; limiting activities to those that assist the settlement of the consequences of war and maintaining post-conflict peace for humanitarian purposes, at the request of the U.N.; and only sending personnel to states and regions with U.N. missions and to U.N. agencies.

The resolution also stipulates that individuals and units involved in U.N. peacekeeping missions must protect Vietnam’s stature and prestige; bring into play its historical and cultural values and images of the country and its people; respect the law, administration, people, culture, and customs of host countries and regions; and perform other duties assigned by competent authorities in Vietnam.

Under the resolution, the Ministry of National Defense is in charge of chairing and coordinating with the Ministry of Public Security and other relevant ministries and sectors to make medium- and long-term plans on building Vietnamese forces for U.N. peacekeeping activities and to submit them to the Prime Minister for a decision.

The resolution is scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2021.

Source: VNA