In his capacity as President of the United Nations Security Council in April 2021, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 19 chaired a High-level Open Debate on "Cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution". (Photo: VNA)
New York (VNA) –
High-level Open Debate on "Cooperation between the UN and regional
organisations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict
prevention and resolution" chaired by Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan
Phuc in his capacity as President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
in April 2021 has been highly evaluated by the international community.
Ambassador Olof Skoog, head of the EU Delegation to
the UN, said “it was a very good debate.”
The EU side is “very strong supportive of the UN,”
the Ambassador told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s correspondents in New York.
The UN needs support as it “cannot do everything
everywhere by itself,” he said, highlighting the important role by regional
organisations in conflict prevention and resolution since they have trust and
confidence among parties of conflict.
“So as long
as they always follow the UN Charter, respect the international law, I think
that kind of locally driven diplomacy,” he said.
Ambassador Anouparb Vongnorkeo, Permanent
Representative of Laos to the UN, stressed that Vietnam has played an increasingly
important role in the UN, especially the UNSC.
According to the Lao Ambassador, the matters
proposed by Vietnam in the debate are significance as they look towards to
promoting cooperation within the UN as well as between the UN, notably the UNSC,
with regional and sub-regional organisations.
Hailing the smooth and effective collaboration between
the UN and regional organisations, he said the two sides have made efforts and
carried out activities to enhance the cooperation.
In an interview with the VNA, Ambassador Fatima
Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) to the UN,
appreciated Vietnam for making this high-level open debate.
Highlighting the role of regional organisations and
regional cooperation as a whole is fundamental for building confidence and
promoting dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution, she said.
“From the AU perspective, we have signed joint
framework for enhanced partnership in peace and security as well as development
with the UN over three years ago,” the ambassador said.
“And since then cooperation between the two organisations
has been strengthened to the institutionalisation of our joint efforts,
reinforcing our collaboration and coherence, and harmonising strategies and
Also on April 19, UN Secretary-General António
Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir held meetings
with Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN.
The UN officials commended the April 19 debate chaired by Vietnam.
On this occasion, Quy had a direct meeting with Ambassador
Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN,
during which the two sides compared notes on activities of the UNSC regarding
the implementation of the peace agreement signed by the Colombian government
and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016.
Quy affirmed that Vietnam always backs the peace
process in Colombia and wishes that all relevant sides will continue with
dialogue in order to deal with the present challenges, especially through
established mechanisms in accordance with the peace agreement.
Vietnam will work together with the UN and the
international community to support the Colombian government, and promote peace,
security and development in Colombia, he said.
Asked about the UNSC’s open debate, Quy told the VNA
said the participating countries, both members and non-members of the UNSC,
commended Vietnam’s preparations for the event in terms of contents and