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Respect int'l law, settle disputes peacefully: Deputy PM

By Huyen Le   September 24, 2022 | 06:49 pm PT
Respect int'l law, settle disputes peacefully: Deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at a high-level joint discussion session of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2022. Photo by AFP
In his United Nations address Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh called for respect for international law and peaceful settlement of all disputes.

At a high-level joint discussion session of the 77th U.N. General Assembly in New York, Minh said the world was at a "historic turning point" with confrontation, conflict and violations of international law increasing, reflecting unilateralism and competition between major powers.

He stressed the importance of abiding by international laws and the Charter of the United Nations, especially respecting independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and settling disputes by peaceful means and building an effective multilateral institution, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Commenting on the regional situation, the Deputy PM emphasized that Southeast Asian countries were making efforts to build a strong and united ASEAN Community that plays a central role in the regional security architecture.

He also praised ASEAN's efforts to find comprehensive solutions to regional problems, including the situation in Myanmar.

Minh stressed the need for maintaining peace, stability, security and maritime safety in the East Sea, calling on all parties to settle disputes by peaceful means, respecting legal and diplomatic processes in accordance with international law, the U.N. Charter and the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention.

Vietnam always strives to maintain international peace and security, increase participation in U.N. peacekeeping activities, promote a balanced and constructive approach, and seek long-term solutions to international issues, he said.

The country always promotes mutual understanding and respect, cooperation and dialogue at the U.N. Human Rights Council and wishes to receive support from other countries for Vietnam's candidacy for the position of a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term, he added.

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