by Mr. Hoang Chi Trung, ChargÃ© dâ€™Affaires
of the Socialist
Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations
at the Open Debate of the Security
on â€œthe Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Questionâ€
New York, Wednesday, August 29th 2007
It is a great honour and
privilege for me to speak on behalf of the Vietnamese Delegation at this important
meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations. I wish to thank you for
the able leadership that you and your delegation have demonstrated so far on
assuming the chairmanship of the Council this month.
First and foremost, the my
Delegation associates itself fully with the statement delivered by the Distinguished
Representative of the Republic of Cuba on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
It is without any doubt that the Middle East continues to be one of the flash points of great
concerns to the world community in general and the United Nations Security Council
in particular. We firmly believe that our meeting today will help enable the
concerned parties to work much harder to bring the peace process in the region
back on its tracks.
My country fully shares the view that the
Middle East conflict, with the question of Palestine as the core, can only be resolved
through peaceful negotiations with a view to achieving a comprehensive, just
and lasting solution on the basis of the legitimate interests of all the
partied concerned. Furthermore, in order to reach such a solution, we strongly
believe that the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the
right to establish a Palestinian
State in their homeland
with the boundary as existed before June 1967, must be fully respected.
In line with this consistent position, Viet Nam
supports all regional and international efforts which help bring the peace
process in the Middle East forward and urges the parties concerned to make
further efforts to revive the peace road-map and to make greater contributions
to the stability and development of the region. For her part, Viet Nam stands ready to make her utmost to
contribute to the resumption of the negotiations amongst the parties involved
in the Middle East peace process.
As far as the internal affairs of the Palestinians are
concerned, we wish to reaffirm that Viet Nam respects the choice taken by the
Palestinian people themselves and earnestly hopes that the Palestinian parties
will make efforts to settle their differences through peaceful negotiations,
continue to work hard with the support of the international community to bring
the peace process in the Middle East further ahead.
Finally, my delegation wishes to express its serious
concerns over the recent escalation of violence in the region. We urge all the
concerned parties to restrain themselves and support peaceful negotiations so
that the normal situation will soon return to the region. In this connection, Viet Nam warmly welcomes the recent meetings between
the high-level dignitaries of Israel
We sincerely hope that these meetings will help resume the peaceful
negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians as well as the peace process
in the Middle East.
you, Mr. President.