Vietnam calls for an immediate end to violence in Gaza, believing that it is the cease-fire that can help restart peaceful negotiations and promote a safe environment for the human rights in the region, said a Vietnamese representative at the United Nations.

At his speech at the 21st special session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, in Geneva on July 23, Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of the Vietnam’s delegation to the UN, emphasised that the escalation of violence in the region has caused casualties among civilians, particularly women and children.

Once the use of violence is halted and security restored, nations involved can gain progress in seeking sustainable and long-term solutions via peaceful dialogues, Thanh said, adding that the vicious circle of violence will prevent them from finding out measures to deal with issues of justice, security and human rights, and humanitarian matters.

As a member of the UNHRC, Vietnam expects the special session will yield constructive results, stated Thanh.

Since the Israeli military launched the operation “Protective Edge” on July 7, over 600 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and another 3,504 injured.-VNA