Vietnamese foreign minister calls on parties to ease tensions during talks with Ukrainian and Russian counterparts

VIETNAM, March 17 –

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba held talks on Wednesday. — Photo by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HÀ NỘI — As a traditional friend of Russia and Ukraine, Việt Nam hopes the parties will exercise restraint, ease tensions and continue dialogue efforts to seek a long-term solution in accordance with international law , taking into account the interests of each party. account, Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn said.

Việt Nam is ready to join the international community in contributing to the process, Sơn told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba during his separate telephone talks with them on 15 and 16 March, respectively.

He affirmed Việt Nam’s consistent position that international disputes and disputes should be settled through peaceful measures consistent with the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially those on respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries.

The foreign minister suggested that Russia and Ukraine continue to organize humanitarian corridors and take measures to ensure the safety of civilians, including Vietnamese in Ukraine, by helping them evacuate combat areas.

The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Ukraine expressed their wish to maintain and strengthen cooperation with Việt Nam and pledged to do their best to facilitate the evacuation of Vietnamese citizens.

Sơn called on Russia to create more optimal conditions for Vietnamese in the country to stabilize their life, production and business.

Regarding the losses suffered by the Ukrainians, Sơn stressed that Việt Nam supports international efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid, saying that Việt Nam will resume exchanges and cooperation with Ukraine after the restoration of peace and stability. stability.

In the same vein, Ambassador Lê Thị Hồng Vân, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to UNESCO, stressed that cultural heritage sites should be protected in all their forms during an extraordinary session of the Council Executive Board of UNESCO, held in Paris on 15 and 16 March. to “examine all the consequences of the current situation in Ukraine, in the different aspects of UNESCO’s mandate”.

The Ambassador expressed concern about the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, saying there was an urgent need to show restraint and stop using force to avoid more casualties and civilian casualties.

She also underlined the need to ensure the security and safety of civilian facilities such as schools, places of remembrance and establishments of culture, information and communication, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Vân called for respect for the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the principles of respect for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, not to intervene in the internal affairs of others, not to to use or threaten to use force in international relations and to settle disputes by peaceful measures.

Việt Nam calls on the parties concerned to defuse tensions and resume dialogue and negotiations through all channels to reach long-term solutions in accordance with international law, she said.

The Ambassador went on to say that Việt Nam calls on the international community to further support and facilitate dialogues between all parties and increase humanitarian assistance to civilians.

It is necessary to ensure safety and security and facilitate the evacuation of foreign nationals in Ukraine, including Vietnamese, without any discrimination, Van said.

The Ambassador proposed that UNESCO continue its role in promoting humanistic efforts to build a world of peace, sustainability and self-reliance.

At the end of the session, UNESCO’s Executive Board issued a resolution calling on the parties concerned to end the war, and on UNESCO and its member countries to deploy a humanitarian aid program for Ukraine.

This was the seventh extraordinary session in UNESCO’s 75 years of operation, organized at the request of 19 Board members. —VNS