Vietnam re-affirmed its commitment to joining common efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism at a virtual open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on January 12.
At the debate on the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1373 on counter-terrorism, chaired by the Foreign Minister of Tunisia, the UNSC adopted a presidential statement on combating international terrorism.
Speakers pointed out that over the last 20 years, terrorism risks around the globe have kept growing, international terrorist groups have ceaselessly sought new operating methods, stepped up using cyber space and information technology, and colluded with trans-national crimes.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov urged countries to reiterate their commitment to international solidarity against terrorism via international cooperation and capacity enhancement, deal with root causes of terrorism, strengthen the capacity of combating violent extremism, and engage the youth, women, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in common efforts.
He affirmed that the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism pledges to reinforce cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), as well as other agencies and organisations, in this regard.
Michèle Coninsx, UN Assistant Secretary-General and CTED Executive Director, stressed that the CTED pledges to promote monitoring the implementation of UNSC resolutions on the basis of a human rights-based approach.
She also recommended anti-terrorism policies and laws in countries align with legal regulations and ensure human rights.
UNSC member states voiced support for the council to focus on preventing violence and extremism and promoting a culture of peace and dialogue.
They underlined the importance of international and regional cooperation and the involvement of the entire society, including NGOs, in efforts against international terrorism.
They requested that counter-terrorism measures must be in conformity with the UN Charter and international law, and not take advantage of the terrorism combat to serve other purposes.
Addressing the debate, Minister Counsellor Nguyen Phuong Tra, deputy head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, said since Resolution 1373 was issued in 2001, the UNSC has promoted an institutional framework for combating global terrorism in various areas, and the terrorism fight has reaped significant outcomes.
She pointed out the necessity to promote a comprehensive approach based on the UN Charter that should focus on preventing and eradicating conflict, eliminating conditions for terrorism, and boosting communities’ immunity from violent extremism and terrorism propaganda.
Solidarity and vigilance against terrorism risks will create the international community’s common strength in the face of risks and new developments of terrorism, according to Tra.
Resolution 1373 was adopted unanimously by the UN in 2001, following the tragedy of September 11 in the US. It imposes legal obligations on UN member states to fight against global terrorism and criminalises the financing of terrorists. It also features content about freezing terrorism-related accounts and funds, as well as about information sharing and international cooperation.
Under this resolution, the Counter-Terrorism Committee was set up with representatives from 15 UNSC member states. It is supported by the CTED that came into being in 2004.
The UNSC has adopted nearly 20 resolutions and dozens of presidential statements on counter-terrorism so far./.VNA
Border guard force urged to step up work to stop illegal entries
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc urged the border guard force to continue to prevent illegal entries to the country in the fight against COVID-19.
The Government leader on Friday paid a visit to the Border Guard High Command to inspect the force’s readiness and to deliver New Year wishes to its officials and soldiers.
PM Phúc praised the force for its achievements in the fight against COVID-19, completing the dual missions of safeguarding the border, ensuring order and safety and preventing virus infection across the border.
According to Major General Lê Đức Thái from the Border Guard High Command, last year the force stationed 1,608 checkpoints with more than 10,000 officials and soldiers on duty to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As many as 31,774 illegal immigrants were discovered and stopped.
The forces also launched proceedings and handed over 94 cases of organising and brokering illegal migration to competent agencies.
Not only being active in the fight against COVID-19, the border guard force also “plays a pioneering role in natural disaster prevention, control, search and rescue,” as well as in cracking down smuggling cases across borders, said PM Phúc.
Those efforts have protected national sovereignty, he said.
He asked the force to uphold its readiness to prevent illegal entries across borders and respond to natural disasters.
The force must pay attention to external affairs to protect borders and not be inactive in any case. The Ministry of National Defence and the Border Guard needed to modernise border protection equipment and install border surveillance cameras, he said.
Fourth Party Congress: Completely liberating the South
The fourth National Party Congress held from December 14-20, 1976, reviewed the resistance war against the US imperialists for national salvation, and guiding the nation towards socialism.
|The fourth National Party Congress is held from December 14-20, 1976 in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)|
|Thong Nhat train from Ho Chi Minh City arrives in Hanoi in the happiness of the capital city’s people, officially marking the launch of the North-South rail route, Jan. 4, 1977. (Photo: VNA)|
|Prime Minister Pham Van Dong and Lao Prime Minister Kaysone Phomvihane sign the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Vientiane, July 18, 1977. (Photo: VNA)|
|Vietnam joins the United Nations on September 20, 1977. This is a historical milestone, marking the world’s largest organisation and international community’s recognition of Vietnam, a peaceful, united, independent, free and democratic country. (Photo: VNA)|
|Party General Secretary Le Duan, Prime Minister Pham Van Dong and General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee sign the Vietnam-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in Kremlin Palace in Moscow, November 4, 1978. (Photo: VNA Archives)|
|Soldiers fight in the southwestern border battle field, 1978. (Photo: VNA Archives)|
|Public security forces join in defending the Dong Dang fortress in Lang Son during the northern border defence war, February 1979. (Photo: VNA)|
|Acting President Nguyen Huu Tho signs an order to announce the new Constitution, December 1980. (Photo: VNA)|
|Vietnamese astronaut Pham Tuan and Soviet Union cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko make a spaceflight at 21:33:3 (Moscow time) on July 23, 1980 under the Vietnam-Soviet Intercosmos cooperation programme. (Photo: VNA)|
Vietnam calls for conflict resolution in Central African Republic via dialogue
Minister Counsellor Nguyen Phuong Tra, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, has urged relevant parties in the Central African Republic to resolve election-related differences through dialogue and negotiation,
on the basis of respecting the country’s laws and Constitution.
Participants at the UNSC’s online meeting to discuss the election turmoil in the Central African Republic (Photo: VNA)
Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York on January 21 to discuss the election turmoil in the Central African Republic, Tra expressed concern about its security situation while emphasising the importance of respecting the Peace Agreement between the Government and armed groups.
She called on the international community to maintain support for the country.
The Vietnamese diplomat also underlined the central role played by regional and sub-regional organisations and the vital contribution of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of MINUSCA, briefed participants on instability in the country, saying that certain armed groups have opposed the election process.
Attacks on armed forces, peacekeepers, and humanitarian workers disrupt economic and humanitarian activities and affect the lives of civilians in the Central African Republic – Illustrative image (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Attacks on armed forces, peacekeepers, and humanitarian workers have disrupted economic and humanitarian activities and affected the lives of civilians in many areas, he said.
Ndiaye called on the UNSC to provide personnel and resources assistance to ensure MINUSCA’s operations, towards helping the Central African Republic respond to its current security challenges.
Participants strongly condemned acts in violation of the Peace Agreement and violence perpetrated by armed groups. They also affirmed to support the role of regional organisations such as the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and MINUSCA’s role in ensuring security and fostering dialogue between the parties./. VNA
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