Firstly, regarding the principle of Vietnam’s participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations, underlined in Article No.4 in the draft resolution, General Lich highlighted that Vietnam’s participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations is under the absolute and direct leadership in all aspects of the Communist Party of Vietnam, decided by the National Defense and Security Council, headed by the State President and managed by the Government.

General Lich speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

The principle aims to realize the guidelines and policies of the Party, provisions of the Constitution on the leadership of the Party, the management and administration of the State towards the people’s armed forces as well as the authority of the National Defense and Security Council.

In addition, according to Article No.5 in the draft resolution, the two forms of participation for both groups and individuals meet the U.N.’s regulations as well as the capacity of Vietnam. In fact, Vietnam has sent two rotations of Level-two Field Hospital (L2FH) with 126 officers and non-commissioned officers to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan. Meanwhile, the country has also deployed 50 officers to U.N. peacekeeping missions in the Central Africa Republic and South Sudan as well as the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the U.N. headquarters in New York, USA.

Reportedly, the draft resolution mentions different fields that Vietnam will take part in during its engagement in U.N. peacekeeping operations, including command and staff, logistics, technical services, communications, engineering, military medicine, and military observation. These are the fields that Vietnam has the capabilities and human resources to undertake, added General Lich. In fact, Vietnam has joined the fields of command and staff, logistics, military medicine and military observation. Currently, the U.N. is asking Vietnam to deploy more forces in other fields.

In terms of finance, Vietnam has officially joined U.N. peacekeeping operations since 2014, but currently there is no budget to implement this task. Therefore, the draft resolution includes a State budget to ensure funding for the Vietnamese peacekeeping forces’ activities, as well as policies for peacekeeping officers who work in tough conditions and challenging situations.

Translated by Minh Anh