Vietnam is taking part in a field
exercise on peacekeeping operations and humanitarian mine action that opened
at the Indonesia Peace and Security Centre in Sentul city on September 16.
The Vietnamese delegation that is taking part in the
field exercise on peacekeeping operations and humanitarian mine action in
The drill until September 20 comes
within the framework of the experts’ working groups of the ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM Plus.
It is attended by more than 500
personnel from the 10 ASEAN members and eight partner countries, namely the
US, China, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, India, Russia, Australia and
The team of the Vietnamese Defence
Ministry consists of 33 officers divided into two groups. The group for the
peacekeeping drill is led by Col. Nguyen Nhu Canh, Deputy Director of the
Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the other for the
humanitarian mine action drill, by Col. Pham Huu Tuan, Deputy Chief of the
engineering arm’s staff.
Opening the exercise, Indonesian
Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu highly valued the defence cooperation
among the ADMM Plus members in the recent past, especially in peacekeeping
operations and humanitarian mine action.
He said those activities have
helped improve the member countries’ capacity to contribute more effectively
to UN peacekeeping missions and the settlement of post-war unexploded
ordnances. They are also a practical defence cooperation channel to enhance
the solidarity and mutual understanding among the members of the ADMM Plus.
The exercise is a good chance for
the countries to share experience in humanitarian activities, the official
said, applauding the engagement of servicewomen in the event which, he said,
is in line with the UN’s encouragement of women’s participation in
Col. Canh said this is the first
time Vietnam has taken part in this exercise, and the participation has
affirmed the country’s sense of responsibility towards common activities of
ASEAN and the ADMM Plus.
Following Indonesia and
Australia’s co-chairmanship of the ADMM Plus experts’ working group on
peacekeeping operations, Vietnam and Japan will co-chair the group for
Therefore, this time’s exercise is
a good chance for Vietnam to gain experience in organising multilateral
peacekeeping drills to prepare for future events. It is also an occasion to
improve relevant sides’ capacity in personnel training and readying forces
for UN peacekeeping operations in the time ahead, he added./. VNA