Scene of the workshop (Source:http://nld.com.vn/)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam will contribute more to the United Nations peacekeeping operations, said Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh.

Vinh made the promised at a workshop with the theme of strengthening the role of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) member states in enhancing peacekeeping capacity and developing partnership with the UN, which is being jointly organised by the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre, and the Embassies of Canada and the Republic of Korea in Hanoi on December 19-20.

The officer highlighted the significance of the event, affirming that Vietnam is working to improve its ability in participating peacekeeping operations with its internal force and support from other countries, especially ARF member nations.

Vietnam wants to propose a number of initiatives on connecting regional peacekeeping centres, he said, adding that the sharing of experience, and training and equipment assistance has contributed to improve Vietnam’s ability in the field.

Barbara Nadeau, Charge d’affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam, affirmed ASEAN’s role and influence in making security policies in the region, describing the bloc as a dynamic centre in the world.

She also underlined the need to seek more effective measures to deal with existing conflicts in the world.

Meanwhile, Lee Miyon, Envoy at the Republic of Korea Embassy in Vietnam, stressed the important role played by the UN in solving complicated security issues and extremism facing the world.

At the two-day workshop, participants, including those from 26 ARF member nations, the European Union and international organizations, are sharing experiences, views and lessons related to UN peacekeeping operations as well as measures to promote cooperation and improve ARF member nations’ capacity in the work.

Initiatives to develop partnership between ARF member states and the UN in peacekeeping operations are also being tabled.-VNA