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Vietnam to chair UN Security Council in July
04-09-2008, 12:48 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam will take the monthly Chair of the United Nations Security Council in July, a Vietnamese senior diplomat said on April 8.

Vietnam has quickly caught up with the intensity and methods of the Council despite only officially working as a UN Security Council non-permanent member since January 1 this year, the Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for International Organisations Le Hoai Trung said.

At all the council’s meetings, Vietnam has persisted in defending the principle that any action of the UN Security Council must be pursuant to the UN Charter, international laws and in respect of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.

Vietnam has presented a positive attitude to world conflict and crisis settlement while working hard to strengthen the role of non-aligned countries at the UN Security Council, Trung said.

He noted that those contributions have helped broaden the country’s international ties and lift its position in the international arena.

In April, the UN Security Council is scheduled to hold around 30 meetings that will discuss issues relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , the combat against terrorism concerning Taliban and Al Qaeda and small-capacity weapons.

The UN Security Council also plans to organise a high-level debate on how to enhance the relationships between the UN and regional organisations, especially the African Alliance, in maintaining peace and international security.

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