Members of Vietnam’s first field hospital for UN peacekeeping mission (Photo: VNA)

New York (VNA) –
Vietnam is among four countries in Southeast Asia selected to be the training sites for the UN peacekeeping forces, with the first training course to be held in Vietnam at the end of this year.

The decision was announced by the United Nations (UN) Department of Field Support (DFS) on June 25 following its inspection of training sites for the UN peacekeeping forces in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The other three countries are Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Representatives of ASEAN member countries welcomed the UN to open peacekeeping training courses in the Southeast Asian region and congratulated Vietnam on being the first country in the region to host the course.

All training facilities for peacekeeping forces in Vietnam meet international standards. 

The selection of Vietnam as the first training place among ASEAN nations demonstrates the UN’s high evaluation of Vietnam’s commitments and contributions to the UN peacekeeping activities.

Vietnam is preparing to send a second-level field hospital to South Sudan.

The country has sent 20 officers to work at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic and the UN Mission in South Sudan, including a female officer, after nearly four years of joining the UN peacekeeping operations.-VNA