|Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga
The call was made by Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnam delegation to the UN, at the UN Security Council’s open debate on the Middle East situation on April 20 in New York, the US.
She affirmed Vietnam supports Palestinians’ just struggle for basic rights, including the right to self-determination.
The ambassador also expressed deep concern over recent developments in Syria, stressing that Vietnam strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons and actions against innocent civilians.
She urged all parties involved to immediately stop actions that could escalate tensions and cooperate for a political solution to the Syria conflict through dialogue and negotiation.
Only a peaceful solution, on the basis of basic principles of international law, can achieve sustainable peace for Syria and end misery for Syrians, she added.
During the debate, representatives of 51 countries and three organisations delivered speeches. Many of them expressed concerns over prolonged conflicts, violence and escalating tensions in the Middle East.
They called upon Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, which has lasted for 50 years, while condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria on April 4, and supporting the pursuit of a political solution to the issue.