The statement was released at a meeting of the Inter-sectoral Working Group for Vietnam’s participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations held on August 18 in Hanoi.

During the meeting, delegates agreed that Vietnam should enhance the effectiveness of U.N. peacekeeping operations, especially in selecting additional missions to deploy peacekeeping forces.

Deputy Defense Minister Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien chairs the conference.

Reportedly, as of August 2021, Vietnam has sent 245 officers and staff to U.N. the peacekeeping missions in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the U.N. headquarters both individually and in units. Thirty nine of them are female, accounting for 16 percent, much higher than the average female rate of other countries at U.N. peacekeeping missions.

Notably, Vietnamese officers have always adapted to their working environment quickly and showed their professionalism and capabilities.

Major General Hoang Kim Phung briefs delegates on the results of Vietnam's participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations over the past time.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the whole world, many of them have had their tenure extended, longer than usual. However, they have overcome hardships to fulfill assigned tasks, and received high appreciation and awards from the U.N.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Defense Minister Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien, who is also Head of the Vietnam Inter-sectorial Working Group for Vietnam's participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations, stressed that Vietnam will maintain its deployed peacekeeping forces, and uphold their task accomplishment.

On the other hand, the Vietnamese peacekeeping force will look for new missions in new places, and increase their operation in accordance with the strategy of security-defense integration, contributing to maintaining peace in conflicted areas and implementing humanitarian activities to protect people, without participating in coercive missions and combat operations he added.

Translated by Trung Thanh