Vietnam objects to the use of force to violate a country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity and continues calling for an end to the prolonged military conflict in Ukraine, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, head of Vietnam's Permanent Delegation to the United Nations (UN), said on Wednesday.
Ambassador Giang made the statement at the 11th emergency plenary session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday prior to a General Assembly vote for a resolution to request Russia to reverse its decision to annex four Ukrainian territories, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Thursday.
The resolution received 143 votes in favor, five against, and 35 abstentions.
Through the resolution, the UN General Assembly called on countries not to recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts, and demanded that Moscow reverse course.
The General Assembly also urged countries around the globe to respect and protect the principles of the UN Charter.
Speaking at the session, Ambassador Giang affirmed that Vietnam is concerned about recent developments in Ukraine and stressed the need to ensure compliance with the UN Charter and basic principles of international law, including non-interference in internal affairs, no threat or use of force in international relations, and peaceful settlement of international disputes in accordance with international law.
"With its history of experiencing multiple wars to gain independence, reunite, and protect the fatherland, Vietnam understands the value of peace and opposes any threat or use of force to infringe on countries' independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” Ambassador Giang said.
Giang went on to call for relevant parties to end their conflicts in Ukraine, restore peace, safeguard security, and protect essential infrastructure.
The ambassador also asked that relevant parties proceed with dialogues and negotiations to find a lasting peaceful solution to the conflict on the basis of conformity to and respect for international law, as well as the UN Charter, while taking into account the legitimate interests of stakeholders for the sake of peace and stability in both the region and the world.
Vietnam is willing to make active contributions the reconstruction and recovery process in Ukraine, and support diplomatic efforts to ease the tension, including those from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other parties concerned.
The ongoing military conflict broke out on February 24, when Russia officially launched its 'special military operation' on Ukrainian territory.