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NewYork (VNA) – The United Nations (UN) should prioritise building astrategy for conflict prevention in the long run, said a Vietnamese diplomat.
Ambassadorand deputy head of the Vietnamese delegation to the UN Pham Thi Kim Anh madethe suggestion at a UN Security Council debate in New York on January 10.
Shesaid prolonged disputes hinder development and cause conflicts.
Therefore,it is time for the UN to reinforce the collective security structure on thebasis of promoting multilateralism, respect for international law, withoutusing or threatening to use force, she added.
Shecalled on the UN to address disputes based on Article 33 of the UN Charter andrespect of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of eachnation.
Theambassador praised the role of ASEAN in regional security and affirmed theassociation will spare no effort to seek political solutions to preventconflicts and settle disputes in the region, especially in the East Sea.
ASEANpledged to respect international law, including the 1982 United Nations Conventionon the Law of the Sea as well as diplomatic and legal procedures, ensure thefull and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Partiesin the East Sea, and soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea, she said.
Theopen debate, the first of its kind, was attended by representatives from 94member nations, under the theme “Maintenance of international peace andsecurity: conflict prevention and sustaining peace.”-VNA
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