Viet Nam supports the
national reconciliation process in Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Pham
Gia Khiem affirmed while receiving the United Nations Secretary
General’s special envoy to Myanmar in Ha Noi on Saturday.
Special Envoy Ibrahim
Gambari has been in Viet Nam since Friday for a five-day visit as part
of the UN’s plan to exchange views with ASEAN member countries in
dealing with the Myanmar issue. Gambari has already visited several
other ASEAN member countries.
Deputy PM Khiem also
stated that Viet Nam had backed a dialogue between concerned parties in
Myanmar to find a solution that was acceptable to all sides and wished
Myanmar would quickly achieve stabilisation so as it could concentrate
on building the country.
The Vietnamese senior
official welcomed positive developments in Myanmar, saying he
appreciated recent co-operation between the UN and Myanmar and
expressed his hope that the co-operation would continue to be fostered
on the basis of respect for the UN Charter to bring in more positive
outcomes in the near future.
As a former victim of
embargoes and blockade policies, Viet Nam would not support any embargo
or blockade on Myanmar and respected the Myanmar people’s right to
self-determination, the Deputy PM stressed.
He told his guest that
the UN Security Council non-permanent membership for the 2008-09 term
was an honour for Viet Nam but it also placed a heavy responsibility on
the country. Viet Nam was willing to take part in solving issues of
mutual concern, and continue to co-ordinate in dealing with the Myanmar
issue, Deputy PM Khiem said.
He praised the UN for
its activities in Viet Nam and reiterated that the country always
treasured its co-operation with the world body and would always be an
active and responsible member.
The UN envoy highlighted
Viet Nam’s role and position in Southeast Asia and the country’s
non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council which will take
effect as of January 1, 2008.
He briefed the Deputy
PM, who is also Foreign Minister, of positive developments in Myanmar
and several problems that needed to be solved.
The envoy also said that
the UN wanted to co-operate with Viet Nam as well as with other
Southeast Asian countries to make sure the Myanmar issue can be handled
smoothly. — VNS