As the Council is debating today the situation concerning Iraq, let me, first of all, on behalf of the Vietnamese Delegation, extend to H.E. Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, our sincere thanks for his presence and his statement.
I would like to thank Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari and Assistant Secretary-General Warren Sach for their detailed briefings. I would also like to thank you, Mr. President, for your presentation in your national capacity on behalf of the MNF-I.
During the past five years, Iraq has undergone significant changes. The progress that the country has achieved under extremely difficult conditions across various political and socio-economic fields, its improved relations with neighboring countries and its reintegration into the international community deserve our full recognition and encouragement. At the same time, as we are desirous to see Iraq achieve further concrete improvements in, inter alias, ending the outbreak of sectarian violence, resolving disputed internal boundaries, strengthening the poverty reduction and social welfare development, reinforcing the rule of law, curbing illicit use of weapons and combating organized crimes, promoting disarmament, demobilizing and reintegrating ex-combatants, clearing a substantial amount of foreign debts, and providing dire assistance to more than 4 million refugees and internally displaced persons, we all realize that formidable challenges remain in security, humanitarian, reconstruction and national reconciliation spheres for the country to overcome.
A united, prosperous and stable Iraq that has been the fervent desire of the Iraqi people, who have endured tremendous losses and difficulties for too many years, will contribute to peace, security and stability of the region. While firmly supporting the joint efforts of the Iraqi Government and the other parties concerned in consolidating peace and security, promoting sustainable development and strengthening national reconciliation, Viet Nam recognizes and supports the important role that the United Nations, regional countries and the international community can play, on the basis of respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and non-interference into internal affairs of Iraq, to help Iraq strengthen its political process, regional dialogue and promote economic reconstruction and humanitarian relief work. We commend the efforts of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq and encourage it to further assist the Government of Iraq to address key priority issues as mandated by Security Council resolution 1770 (2007). We also hope the International Advisory and Monitoring Board will continue to enhance its audit and oversight capacity to ensure that all resources from the Development Fund for Iraq are transparently and efficiently disbursed in service of the best interests of Iraq and its people.
With its modest capacity, Viet Nam stands ready to join the collective efforts of the international community to help the Iraqi people rebuild their country. Viet Nam participated in the two conferences on the International Compact with Iraq in Sharm-el-Sheikh and Stockholm in 2007 and 2008. We look forward to continuing to support the work of the Compact in moving the country forward.
Finally, let me thank you and the US Delegation for the draft press statement that we are ready to support.
I thank you, Mr. President.