|Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the UN
He made the statement at the Security Council’s quarterly open debate on the Middle East and the Israel/Palestine conflict, which took place on January 22.
Speaking at the discussion, the diplomat said despite efforts made by the UN Security Council and other UN bodies last year, the situation seems to have gotten worse.
He pointed to rampant and excessive use of violence and the highest rate in five years of related injuries and deaths among civilians as examples. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is facing a budget crisis, he added.
Quy attributed these problems to a lack of respect for, even violation of, the UN Security Council’s relevant resolutions, particularly Resolution 2334, which condemned the Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories as illegal.
He affirmed that Vietnam backs the two-state solution, which endorses an independent state of Palestine co-existing peacefully alongside Israel following the border that was internationally recognised prior to 1967.
The ambassador urged sides involved to respect international law, the Security Council’s related resolutions and to settle the issue by peaceful measures in line with the UN Charter.
He urged the council to demonstrate its strong leadership for specific actions and the sides involved to ensure their compliance to the council’s related resolutions in a bid to end violence and damage to civilians, and help reach a comprehensive, fair and sustainable solution that cares for the legitimate interests of all parties.