The statement was made by Ms. Bianca Selway, head delegate of the United Nations Assessment and Advisory Visit (AAV) visiting delegation to assess peacekeeping capability of the Vietnamese forces, at a meeting with Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defense Minister and head of the Ministry of National Defense’s Steering Committee on Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations, on June 27. 

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh receiving Ms. Bianca Selway. Photo: VNA

Bianca Selway, who is also a representative of the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations, also affirmed that the UN will help the Vietnamese force broaden their working experience at UN missions.  

For his part, General Vinh thanked the UN for sending its officials to Vietnam to assess its training, professional capacity, and operating standards in military medicine and engineering. He reaffirmed Vietnam’s determination to join UN peacekeeping operations, considering it an important political mission and a sound policy of the Vietnamese Party and State showing Vietnam’s responsibility for world peace and stability.

Earlier, the UN delegation experimented performances of bomb and mine detection and clearance, high-rise, bridge, road, and barracks building skills of the engineering troops who are to join peacekeeping operations.

At present, Vietnam’s engineering units are undergoing specialized and English training courses to ensure that they are competent to fulfill assigned tasks at UN missions. The country plans to deploy engineering troops to UN mission in 2019.

Translated by Tran Hoai