On behalf of the Vietnamese Delegation, I wish to assure you of our full cooperation and support. We join other Delegations in extending our thanks to Under-Secretary-General Jean Marie Guehenno for his efforts to highlight the priorities in peacekeeping for the coming year and commend his team for its dedication and hard work.
My Delegation associates itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of Morocco on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Over the past few decades, United Nations peacekeeping operations have played an indispensable role in restoring and maintaining peace and stability in an expanded geographical base spreading from Africa, Europe, Asia to Latin America. However, the growing multi-dimensionality, volatility and complexity of protracted conflicts has caused an abrupt surge in peacekeeping demand and overstretched the capacity of the Organization to address myriad challenges of planning and implementation of mission mandates, provision of necessary resources and operational support, enhanced safety and security of personnel, proper conduct and discipline, and well-defined exit strategies.
On another note, the changing context and evolving nature of peacekeeping operations have attested the durability of political commitment of national stakeholders, the availability of support of the international community and the efficiency of coordination among UN agencies. More than ever before, the intersection between peacekeeping and conflict prevention and resolution, preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding remains pertinent and critical for the smooth transition of war-ravaged countries to lasting peace, security and development.
In this connection, while recognizing laudable contributions of peacekeeping operations and paying homage to those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace, my Delegation is convinced that the success of UN peacekeeping operations continues to rest upon the strict observance of the purposes and principles of the Charter, particularly those referring to sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the States as well as non-interference in the internal affairs of States. By the same token, it is of paramount importance to establish and conduct peacekeeping operations on the premise of the fundamental principles such as the consent of the concerned parties, impartiality and non-use of force except in self-defense.
My Delegation strongly supports the efforts aimed at enhancing the Organization’s ability to manage peacekeeping operations effectively and efficiently, with a view to achieving continued improvements in the deployment of missions, safety and security of personnel, accountability and effective management of resources, qualified peacekeeping capacity as well as proper conduct and discipline. While commending efforts undertaken by the Secretariat thereof, we share the belief that any initiative to be taken in this regard should be discussed within the framework of C34, a body mandated to review comprehensively the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects and make significant contributions to policies in this area. We should pay equal attention to maximal ensurance of unity of command, lines of accountability, integration of efforts and safety and security of UN peacekeepers through all phases of restructuring. At the same time, experience and resources from Member States, regional organizations and troop-contributing countries should be underlined as essential.
Registering our firm support for the cause of peacekeeping and its contributions to the maintenance of international peace and security, Viet Nam is completing the prepatory process for our prospective participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations, in keeping with our circumstances and capacity. We remain committed to working with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and other partners along this line.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.