With the to-be-dispatched officers, Vietnam will have dispatched 19 officers to UN peacekeeping missions since the country sent its first two officers to UN peacekeeping missions in 2014.

Major Truong Anh Tuan, a Vietnamese liaison officer at South Sudan. Photo: vnpkc.gov.vn 
Of the 7 officers, two will replace two other Vietnamese officers who are working as liaison officers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); three will also replace three Vietnamese officers working as staff officers and UN observers at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCAT); and two will take new positions: one - intelligence analysis and the other – UN observer.

Senior Colonel Phung said, officers to be sent to UN peacekeeping missions are strictly selected from military units across the army. They have an excellent command of foreign languages and defense foreign relations, military competency meeting the requirements for working in a multinational environment, and good virtues to serve as messengers of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Senior Colonel Phung also revealed that the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center is conducting special training courses on the basis of the UN standards, and foreign language courses.

Since 2014, Vietnam has sent 12 officers to UN peacekeeping missions. All the officers have excellently fulfilled their assignments, and UN leaders for UN peacekeeping operations and commanders of the UN peacekeeping missions highly valued Vietnamese officers’ performances and Vietnam’s contributions to UN peacekeeping missions.

Source: VnExpress

Translated by Thu Nguyen