Vietnam ready for participation in UN Security Council

VOV.VN - Vietnam is making thorough preparations and sharing experience with other nations, UN agencies and international research organizations to get ready for its participation in the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term.

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A session of the UN Security Council (Photo: The UN)
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang made the statement at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on June 6.

In reply to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s priorities when it is elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 2020-2021 tenure as well as its preparations to take over the role, the official said that the UN General Assembly will elect five new non-permanent members of the UNSC for the 2020-2021 term on June 7, and Vietnam was selected as the only candidate in the Asia-Pacific region for the position.  

The nation’s priorities will be publicized by Vietnamese leaders after the outcomes of the election are announced, Hang said.

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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang
With regard to Vietnam’s comments on the speech of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue and on his Facebook page on May 31, which said Vietnam had “invaded” and “occupied” Cambodia, the spokesperson said, “The Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies of Vietnam have made contact through official and unofficial channels with Singaporean counterparts. We have already sent a diplomatic note to the Singaporean Embassy in Hanoi. I believe that Singapore will understand our message."

Responding to queries related to 13 US congresspersons proposing sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities for their involvement in the East Sea issue, the official reiterated that Vietnam has full legal foundations and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos in accordance with international law.

“Parties concerned need to comply with legal obligations stipulated by international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and make practical contributions to ensuring peace, stability and security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea”, Hang emphasized.