Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien presents flowers to Lieut. Colonel Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, the first women officer of Vietnam at the UN mission in South Sudan for 2019-2020 as a UN military observer (Photo: VNA)
– The Ministry of
National Defence on August 17 handed over the President’s decision to assign Lieutenant
Colonel Vu Thi Kim Oanh to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Oanh has become the fifth
female officer to join UN peacekeeping operations in individual form.
So far, Vietnam has sent 39 female
officers to the UN peacekeeping missions, accounting for 16 percent of the
total Vietnamese personnel at the mission, much higher than the average ratio of other countries.
Oanh is scheduled to
depart in early September this year.
At the ceremony, participants also
reviewed the performance of Lieut. Colonel Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong during her
office tenure as a military observer at the UN mission in South Sudan.
According to Major General Hoang Kim
Phung, Director of the Vietnam
Peacekeeping Department, the UN recognised that Lieut. Colonel Phuong excellently
completed all of her missions and received “For the UN peacekeeping cause”
medal of the UN, and other rewards for her strong performance.
As of August 2021, Vietnam had sent 245
military officers to UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan, Central Africa
and UN headquarters in both individual and unit forms./.