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Playing a larger role on the world stage

Updated: 10:50’ - 02/11/2007

With 183 out of 190 votes, the 62nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly on October 16, elected Vietnam as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 term, together with four other countries, namely Burkina Faso, Libya, Costa Rica and Croatia.

The event is considered very important in Vietnam’s 2007 political life and external relations, marking another achievement of the country’s implementation of a foreign policy of openness and active participation in international affairs.

In an interview with Vietnam News Agency (VNA) right after the vote, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that Vietnam would do its utmost to fulfill its new role, meeting the expectations of the international community.

Affirming the event as an achievement of the entire Vietnamese Communist Party, army and people over the past 20 years of renewal, the Prime Minister said: “Becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council is also an opportunity for us to improve the position and image of Vietnam as a peace-loving country that has participated in and made effective contributions to the common fight of the human beings for peace, independence, prosperity, democracy and social progress.”

“Now it is the first time in history the country will have a weighty say on issues pertaining to peace and international security - the position that we could not gain 20 years ago, and Vietnam will be known worldwide as an active subject in international affairs,” Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem told VNA in another interview about the significance of the event.

Vietnam’s admission to the UN Security Council is also believed to generate more credibility and pride from the Vietnamese people, encouraging them to exert more efforts to further contribute to the country’s renewal process and comprehensive development. It will also be a good opportunity for the country to become a more attractive and safe business destination in the region and the world.

Vietnamese leaders, however, also admitted and pointed out challenges that Vietnam would face after it won the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

“Becoming one of the 15 members of the most important agency of the largest international organization is a great honor that also comes with heavy responsibility. A non-permanent member of the UN Security Council is responsible to take a full part in the process of drafting and building the Council’s important decisions pertaining to the most important issues relating to peace and security in various regions and the world as a whole,” Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

To fulfill the task, the Vietnamese Cabinet leader pledged that Vietnam would adhere to the guidelines, goals and principles of the UN Charter and international laws while actively asking for consultancy from and cooperating closely with other UN Security Council members to work out appropriate policies for the sake of legitimate interests of all UN member countries.

He said: “Vietnam will join other countries in every effort to ease tension, prevent and peacefully resolve conflicts in the world. It supports and is willing to make contributions to comprehensive and absolute disarmament while denouncing all types of international terrorism and advocating the elimination of terrorism in line with international laws.

“Vietnam is eager to participate in mechanisms inside and outside the UN Security Council regarding the reconstruction and development assistance for countries recently having experienced conflicts. The country is also prepared to share the experience from its process of reconstruction and development following fierce wars.”

The Prime Minister said Vietnam was finalizing preparations to efficiently participate in the UN peacekeeping activities in conformity with the country’s conditions and capacity. He also pledged the country’s further contributions to the reform of the UN, especially the UN Security Council, to increase its efficiency and democracy so that it will effectively deal with new threats and challenges in the 21st century.

Welcoming Vietnam on this occasion, UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra described this event as the most recent milestone in the country’s 30-year history of active engagement in the United Nations.

“This is evidence of Vietnam’s further integration into the international community and of the country’s growing prominence and influence on the world stage,” he said, adding that it is also a clear symbol of the Government of Vietnam’s strong commitment to the United Nations, its principles and its mission.

Vietnam will officially begin work in the Council from January 1, 2008, replacing Qatar, which will conclude its term on December 31, 2007. Six weeks before the date, the Vietnamese representative and his counterparts from other newly elected member countries will be permitted to attend all sessions of the Council as observers.-

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