Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Tran Don speaks at the working session (Source: http://www.qdnd.vn/)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Peacekeeping Department needs to enhance research and improve training quality to prepare good personnel for the UN peacekeeping missions, firstly the deployment of the first level-2 field hospital in South Sudan this year.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Tran Don made the statement at a working session with representatives from the department on February 28.

The department was urged to continue promoting its role as an advisor to leaders of the Party and State, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence on international cooperation in the peacekeeping field.

Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department, said that after three years of joining UN peacekeeping operations, Vietnam has sent 20 officers to missions in the Central Africa Republic and South Sudan.

Vietnamese officers have performed well their tasks and appreciated by the UN, leaders of missions, and countries’ military officers, he noted.

The department is urgently preparing for the deployment of the level-2 field hospital No.1 in South Sudan, he said.

Phung added that his agency has worked with relevant units to give advice to the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry on expanding cooperation with foreign countries and international organisations in peacekeeping-related affairs.-VNA