Saturday, September 20 2014, 03:01 PM (GMT - 5)
HOME UNITED NATIONS SITEMAP CONTACT
TIẾNG VIỆT
 
About the Mission
Viet Nam & UN
» General
» Viet Nam in the Security Council
» Disarmament, Peace and Security Issues
» Human Rights, Social and Humanitarian Issues
» Legal Issues
» Others
» UN Reform
» China’s illegal deployment of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Viet Nam
Press Releases
Consular Services
Business Guide & Tourist Information
Links
 
Search
 
 
[ Gallery ]
 
Viet Nam & UN  »  Viet Nam in the Security Council
 
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh at the Open Debate of the Security Council on the Small Arms
04-30-2008, 04:17 pm

STATEMENT

by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh,

Permanent Representative of Viet Nam  

at the Open Debate of the Security Council on the Small Arms

New York, 30 April 2008

---

 

Mr. President,

I thank  you for convening this open debate of the Council. I would also like to thank the Director and Deputy High Representative on Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Hannelore Hoppe, for her introduction of the report of the Secretary-General on the Small Arms   contained in document S/2008/258.

 

Mr. President,

           Convinced that general and  complete disarmament constitutes a solid guarantee for world peace and security, that the illicit trade in small arms   can strain relations between states, fuel and add  violence to disturbances, especially transnational crimes and civil wars and  cause numerous sufferings to human beings, Viet Nam realizes the need for  the international community to  strengthen cooperation against the illicit trade and proliferation of  small arms and light weapons. I wish to reaffirm Viet Nam’s support for the Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. Recent reviews show that remarkable efforts have been made by countries in different parts of the world resulting in the enhanced awareness of the need for effective control of such illicit activities and the birth of mechanisms supporting implementation of this Program of Action. In light of the fact that much remains to be done in the context of the many prolonged conflicts and the growing threats of transnational crimes and terrorism, the United Nations must be supported to continue to play its  central role in promoting and sustaining international cooperation in this connection. We share the observation of the Secretary General that within the United Nations, coordination on the issue of small arms could benefit from further improvement and look forward to studying specific proposals towards this end, including those aimed at promoting exchanges between the Security Council and the General Assembly on the issue.   Commending the Secretary General for the comprehensiveness of his report, we are of the view that the recommendations contained therein relating to a wide range of activities of the United Nations, the Security Council and of States deserve and require careful consideration. While reaffirming our view that the establishment, deployment, extension of  peace-keeping missions and the expansion of their mandates must be with the consent of all parties concerned and respect for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States and must be considered on the case-by-case basis, Viet Nam supports the role of the Security Council in the inclusion of United Nations arms embargoes monitoring functions in the mandate of United Nations peacekeeping missions as outlined in Recommendation 5. However, we consider it necessary to further study the feasibility of the development of quantitative indicators for the area of small arms with a view to being used as a base against which to set measurable goals and the setting up of the deadline of 2015 for this work as mentioned in Recommendation 2. Discussion within the framework of the General Assembly and the Security Council in the past years shows that there are still different views among Member States and an early consensus is unlikely.

 

Mr. President,

We concur with the view expressed by the Secretary-General that Member States remain central providers of security and this is their sovereign right and responsibility. Production, importation and retention of small arms and light weapons in particular and conventional weapons in general for the purpose of national defense and security remain the legitimate right of every sovereign state recognized by international conventions. International cooperation in fighting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and preventing them from falling into the hands of organized criminals and terrorists is  necessary, but  must be in accordance with the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations and must  not affect that legitimate right of States.

 

Mr. President,

Viet Nam is fully committed  to implementing the Program of Action on Preventing, Combating and Eradicating the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. Since  the submission of its report on the implementation of the Program of Action  in 2006, Viet Nam has been taking various  steps, at national, regional and international levels to effectively implement the Program. Up to now, no incident of illegal trade of small arms and light weapons  from or into Viet Nam has been discovered;  the number of criminal cases where small arms and light weapons  are used has been  minimized;  the safety of the people is ensured; small arms and light weapons  manufactured domestically are closely managed and properly marked in accordance with the Government’s regulations.   

Viet Nam pledges to continue to work with all Member States to promote international cooperation in combating the illicit trade  in small arms and light weapons and implementation of the Program of Action.

I thank you, Mr. President!



Print version

Other News:
 » STATEMENT by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the Security Council’s Debate on “The situation concerning Iraq” | 04-28-2008 |
 » STATEMENT BY HE. MR. PHAM BINH MINH, the President ‘s Special Envoy, Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam at the Debate of the Security Council on “ Peace and Security in Africa” | 04-16-2008 |
 » Stament by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, at the Debate of the Security Council on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question” | 03-25-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the Open Debate on the "Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts" | 03-19-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the Open Debate of the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan, New York, 12 March 2008 | 03-12-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Hoang Chi Trung, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam before the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations | 03-10-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh in Explanation of Vote before the Security Council Vote on the Draft Resolution on Non-Proliferation | 03-03-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam at the Security Council Debate on Timor-Leste | 02-22-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh at the emergency meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Kosovo | 02-18-2008 |
 » Statement by H.E. Ambassador Le Luong Minh at the Open Debate of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict | 02-12-2008 |


 
5