Vietnamese UN peacekeepers (Photo: VNA)
- Vietnam needs to prepare personnel to meet the requirements of higher
positions in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, and continue to send
candidates, especially female staff, to the UN headquarters, Colonel Mac Duc
Trong, deputy head of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, has
Talking to the Vietnam News Agency, Trong stressed the need
to participate more in UN peacekeeping operations, and deploy tasks in several
tasks such as logistics, liaison and military police, adding that this is a
long-term goal set out by the department.
Colonel Mac Duc Trong, deputy head of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (Photo: VNA)
According to him, participating in UN peacekeeping
operations is a major policy of the Vietnamese Party and State, and also an
important task of the Vietnam People's Army in the new period, contributing to
realising the foreign policy of peace, cooperation, development, multilateralisation
and diversification of international relations.
Vietnam's engagement in UN peacekeeping operations over the
past seven years has achieved many positive results, and at the same time
opened up many new directions of deployment, becoming a prominent mark in diplomatic
defence, he stated.
The colonel said that recently, for the first time, Vietnam made debut a sapper unit to participate in UN peacekeeping, marking a new development
step in expertise and level.
Vietnam's sapper unit No.1 and level-2 field hospital No.4 make their debut (Photo: VNA)
Compared to the level-2 field hospitals Vietnam has deployed before, the sapper
unit is larger in number with 184 professional officers and soldiers. In terms
of equipment, the unit will deploy about 2,000 tonnes of equipment to the UN
Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), including around 150 machines.
In the coming time, the set goal is to successfully deploy
Vietnam's first sapper unit to the UN peacekeeping mission and complete all the
tasks assigned by the UN for the humanitarian mission.
Vietnam must continue to keep up the good quality of its level-2
field hospitals to maintain the existing reputation among the missions, he