Vietnamese Ambassador's remarks at the UNGA's special session on the situation in Ukraine
|Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. (Photo: VNA)|
1. Viet Nam’s consistent position related to the basic conduct of international relations has been time and again reiterated.
We have always believed in the utmost importance of ensuring full respect for the fundamental principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
2. Such principles include sovereign equality among states, peaceful settlement of disputes, non-interference in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of states, and refrainment from the threat or use of force against territorial integrity or political independence of any state.
But the most sacrosanct and supreme among them all is respect for national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all states.
All nations must fully abide by their obligations and commitments under treaties that they are parties to, including the recognition of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states in their internationally recognized borders.
That must be the principle that all states have to fully uphold in their international relations.
That is the prerequisite for international peace and security.
3. Such earnest belief in these fundamental principles stem dearly from Viet Nam’s own history.
Having suffered from decades of wars to defend and reunify our nation, Viet Nam understands firsthand the value of peace and cooperation.
Regrettably, since the foundation of the United Nations, we have over and over again had to bear witness to wrongful courses of action that have wrought havoc for many nations and peoples.
In the face of such challenges, throughout decades, the Vietnamese people have strived for the righteous struggle shared by all progressive peoples, especially in our common advocate for the promotion of friendly relations among states and against the threat or use of force in violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.
4. It is therefore, with a heavy heart, that we have been closely following the situation relating to Ukraine.
We are particularly gravely concerned over recent developments which may lead to further escalation and suffering, and heighten the risk of miscalculation and confrontation beyond anyone’s imagination, with grave impact for international peace, security, stability, development and cooperation.
The longer this continues, the farther we are from an acceptable settlement of disputes among parties concerned.
Furthermore, this is happening even when the multi-dimensional consequences for our peoples have now been felt deeply across regions, with burning issues that we all heard from leaders at the high level general debate just a few days ago.
5. Viet Nam once more reiterates our consistent call for the exercise of utmost restraint, immediate cessation of hostilities, as well as avoiding actions that may further escalate the situation.
We also call for an early resumption of dialogue and negotiations with a view to achieving a comprehensive solution acceptable to all,taking into account the legitimate interests and concerns of all parties, in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
It is also important to ensure safety and security for the people and critical civilian infrastructure, including nuclear facilities.
6. The international community must join hands to create an environment conducive to such ends.
That depends on refraining from actions that may drive the parties further apart and further delay the prospects of settlement.
It is important to bear in mind that what is at stake is the interests of peace, stability and development of all states concern, not only in Europe but also the world as a whole, but first and foremost, the concerns and daily lives of each and every people who are suffering on the ground now.
7. We therefore call on international partners to provide further efforts for humanitarian assistance for those in need. We commend the operations by various UN agencies and other regional and international agencies in this regard.
At the same time, it is important to continue efforts aimed at de escalation and mediation among parties concerned through all possible channels.
We welcome efforts by the Secretary-General and other relevant partners for their tireless endeavours in helping bring all parties together. Viet Nam stands ready to constructively contribute to these diplomatic efforts and to the reconstruction and restoration in Ukraine.
I thank you.