REGULAR PRESS CONFERENCE
(Hanoi, August 25th 2011)
1. The high-level parliamentary delegation of Lao People’s Democratic Republic to pay an official visit to Viet nam from 24-27 August 2011.
At the invitation of HE Mr. Nguyen Sinh Hung, member of the Politburo, President of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the high-level parliamentary delegation of Lao PDR, led by Madame Pany Yathotu, member of the Politburo, National Assembly President pays an officical visit to Viet Nam from 24th -27th August 2011.
This visit is aimed at further consolidating and strengthening the special friendship and solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples in general and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parliaments in particular.
On this occasion, high-level leaders of the two sides will exchange idea about the socio-economic performance of each country, review and assess the cooperation between the two Parliaments for the past term and put forward policies and orientations for cooperation in the coming time.
2. Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh to pay an official visit to Lao PDR
At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR Thonglun Xixulit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of SRV Pham Binh Minh will pay an official visit to Lao PDR from 26th-27th August 2011.
This first official visit to Lao PDR by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh will contribute to the enhancement and consolidation of traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Laos. This is also an opportunity for the two sides to dícuss some cooperation issues in bilateral cooperations and international and regional issues of mutual concern.
During the visit, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is expected to pay a courtesy call on Mr Thongsin Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR and hold talks with Mr Thonglun Xixulit, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR.
3. Cuban Foreign Vice Minister to visit Viet Nam
At the invitation of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba’s first Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina Gonzales will visit Viet Nam from 6th-8th September 2011 to further promote the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in general and the two ministries in particular.
During the visit, Cuban foreign vice minister is expected to meet with leaders of the Foreign ministry and other ministries, sectors and agencies of Viet nam to discuss bilateral cooperation and international and regional issues of mutual concern.
4. Amnesty/Reprieve in 2011
On 19th July 2011, the President of SRV signed Decision No. 1123/2011/QD-CTN on 2011 Amnesty, according to which, on the occasion of SRV’s National Day 2nd September 2011, a number of cases will be granted reprieves and released ahead of schedule.
The office of the President will hold a press conference to announce the President’s Decision on Amnesty for 2011 at 10.30am, on Monday 29th August 2011 at the International Conference Center at No. 11 Le Hong Phong St.
Questions and Answers:
What is Viet Nam’s response to the US Embassy spokesperson’s comment expressing concerns about the detention of some Vietnamese people on August 21 in Hanoi?
It is a wrongful and inappropriate comment.
It should be reiterated that the basic freedoms of Vietnamese citizens are enshrined in the Constitution and laws and are guarranteed in reality.
Like any law-governed states, the exercise of freedom and democracy must be in accordance with the regulations of law. This complies with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Vietnamese competent authorities had to take measures against the people who involved in illegal gatherings and public disturbance. Such handling is in compliance with the regulations of law in order to maintain social order and safety.
How do you comment on the current situation in Libya?
We follows closely the situation in the Libya. We respect the decisions of the Libyan people and wish that the situation will soon stabilize, enabling the Libyan people to reconstruct and develop their country.
Could you please provide the information concerning the three people who were detained last Sunday August 21st?
The Hanoi Police Authority has informed us that on August 21st 2011, more than 50 people illegally gathered and disturbed the public order in the area around Ly Thai To Monument where art performances were organized in celebration of the 66th Anniversary of the August Revolution and the National Day. On-duty staff persistently explained, persuaded and requested these people to observe regulations on public order, as stipulated under the governmental Decree No 38/2005-NDCP dated March 18th 2005 on maintenance of public order and as noted in the lastest announcemnt of the Hanoi People’s Committee. However, these people disobeyed, continued to disturb public order, insulted and resist on-duty staff. To restore and maintain order and security in the area, on-duty staff applied necessary measures in accordance with Article 9 of Decree No 38, bringing these people to the citizen reception office of the city. There these people continued raging and disturbing security and order, prompting them be taken to My Dinh Police Station of Tu Liem District. Relevant authorities handed down administrative penalties to and released a number of people on August 21st 2011.
Concerning 3 people who took extremist and reviling acts, disturbing public order, investigation police of Hoan Kiem District Police Authority applied temporary penal detention for further investigation.
While handling those who had violated legal regulations in My Dinh Police Station, Tu Liem District Police detained 3 people who came to the station, disturbed order, reviled and assaulted officers on public duty.
I was just informed by the Director of Hanoi Police Authority these people will be released this afternoon pending further probe./.