Vietnam stresses importance of promoting transitional period in South Sudan

A Vietnamese diplomat underlined the importance of promoting the transitional period and fully implementing the peace agreement in South Sudan while attending the UN Security Council’s online meeting on this country’s situation and activities of the UN Mission there (UNMISS) on June 23.

Vietnam stresses importance of promoting transitional period in South Sudan

At the meeting, member countries of the UN Security Council urged the parties in South Sudan to fully implement the peace and ceasefire agreements while welcoming some positive developments recently. They showed their support for the international community to increase assistance for South Sudan to handle humanitarian issues and COVID-19 impacts. Some suggested the country pay attention to exercise justice during the transitional period, fight corruption, and ensure the rights to freedom and participation of people, especially women, during the process of national reconstruction.

For his part, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s mission to the UN, highly valued the recent progress in South Sudan and its transitional government’s efforts to cope with COVID-19.

He also sympathised with difficulties in carrying out the peace agreement due to the pandemic and noted that the ceasefire deal has been basically observed though certain complications remain.

Reiterating Vietnam’s support for the UNMISS, Quy also informed participations about efforts by Vietnam’s level-2 field hospital in Bentiu city in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country now has 68 officers at the UNMISS, including 11 females.

Vietnam officially took part in UN peacekeeping operations by sending two officers to the UNMISS in 2014. Its level-2 field hospital has been deployed in Bentiu since 2018. From the beginning of 2020 to June 10, this hospital handled 927 patients. Its members have also participated in anti-COVID-19 training for UN staff and local people.