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Vietnam welcomes positive developments in Middle East

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Vietnam applauded the recent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, as well as Israel-Hezbollah and Israel-Syria talks and efforts to resume national reconciliation process in Palestine .

Ambassador Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Security Council, made the remark at a UNSC consultation meeting on Middle East in New York on June 27.

The ambassador described the moves as positive developments towards a comprehensive, just and sustainable solution to complex and intertwining conflicts in the region.

He reiterated Vietnam ’s position to support peaceful negotiations for the legitimate interests of all parties concerned and in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and the Middle East peace initiatives, particularly the Arab Peace Initiative and the Israel-Palestine joint statement at the Annapolis Conference.

Ambassador Giang also expressed his deep concern about the situation in Gaza , where rocket attacks and military intrusions are still going on, causing great losses in humans and property for civilians.

The representative regretted at the continued construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank , which is obstructive to peace talks and detrimental to mutual trust and confidence.

Vietnam strongly urged that all parties concerned refrain from use of force to avoid further complicating the fragile situation and show their respect for and compliance with their committed agreements, thus helping build confidence and push the peace process forward, he said.

Regarding Lebanon , the diplomat called on all relevant parties in Lebanon to exercise utmost restraint and fully abide by the Doha agreement to help assert Lebanon ’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability, and contribute to the regional political and security environment.

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