Deputy chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia led a delegation to the Central African Republic from February 28 to March 6.

The delegation visited and met with the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and several peace-keeping agencies from other nations working in the country.

The delegation also conducted field research to evaluate the potential for establishing a Vietnamese force to participate in UN peace-keeping missions.

The Ministry of Defence launched the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre in Hanoi on May 27, 2014, marking the country’s official participation in the United Nations operation.

The centre has been tasked with counselling, training personnel, and preparing, deploying and directing the Vietnam People’s Army personnel in UN peace-keeping missions.

Vietnam has sent two officers to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) since last June and plans to set up a level 2 field hospital and a company of sappers based on UN guidelines in order to take part further in the UN’s peacekeeping efforts.-VNA