by Ms. Nguyen Thanh Ha, Legal Counsellor, Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the 6th Committee on agenda item 85 “Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the UN and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization”
(New York, October 21st 2007)
My Delegation wishes to thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee on this important agenda item. We take note with appreciation of the Report of the Special Committee in document A/62/33, which brings to the attention of the Committee all the issues the Special Committee dealt with in February 2007 with its recommendations. My Delegation would like to associate itself with the statement made by the Representative of Cuba on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, and highlight in particular the central and indispensable role of the United Nations in coordinating global efforts aimed at socio-economic development, peace and security, human rights and justice. To strengthen the Organization’s role, we are carrying out reforms in the whole UN system in accordance with the principles and procedures under the UN Charter, preserving and promoting the authority and functions of the UN principal organs. My Delegation is of the view that the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization and the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly are the right tribunes where UN Member States can consider ways to improve the UN reforms with a view to consolidating the legal framework under the Charter.
My Delegation joins other Member States in strongly supporting the Special Committee to successfully conclude its work as mandated by the General Assembly. In this connection, we also reiterate our continued support for the consideration of the working papers presented by the Russian Federation, Cuba, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Belarus.
With regard to the implementation of the Charter provisions related to assistance to third States affected by sanctions, we agree that this should continue to be given high priority. Sanctions, allowed by the Charter as a tool in the maintenance of international peace and security, would lose their credit if the UN Member States fail to address their adverse impact on third States. The working paper entitled “Basic considerations and standard criteria for the introduction and implementation of sanctions imposed by the United Nations”, submitted by the Russian Federation, is a concrete contribution to this endeavor and has been revised, taking into consideration of the different views expressed in many discussions of the issue. My Delegation, therefore, hopes that the consideration of this working paper at the Special Committee and the Sixth Committee will soon be completed so that it could be submitted to the General Assembly for adoption.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.