Deputy PM, FM Minh addresses 2017 G20 Foreign Ministerial Meeting's session on maintaining peace in complex world
20:21 | 17/02/2017

VGP - The following is the full text of Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh at the 2017 G20 Foreign Ministerial Meeting's session "Maintaining peace in a complex world."



At the session “Maintaining peace in a complex world”

10h00, 17 February 2017


“Comply with international law and strengthen multilateralism
for peace and sustainable development”

Mr. President,

International law is the linchpin of a stable international architecture. Respect for and compliance with international law is crucial for the maintenance of durable peace. We must reaffirm our unwavering commitment to international law and fundamental principles of the UN Charter, and to peaceful settlement of disputes, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes.

We also need to recommit ourselves to upholding multilateralism. The complexity of challenges we face requires a comprehensive and multilateral approach that harmonizes the interests of all stakeholders. Multilateral institutions, particularly the United Nations, have a vital role to play in the efforts to sustain global and regional peace. As the world’s largest economies, G20 have a large share in rendering concrete and constructive contribution to international peace. Viet Nam is doing its part, including by participating in UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. And we call upon all countries, especially major powers, to do their part to support multilateral institutions, which are indispensable in our effort to address global challenges.

As a developing country, we hope that G20 members to take lead in supporting developing countries to achieve sustainable development goals through enhancing capacity in response to development challenges, particularly climate change, food and water security.

In our Southeast Asian region, ASEAN is asserting its central role in building the regional security architecture. The ASEAN’s way of unity and consensus has proven to be an effective tool to deal with challenges to regional peace and stability, including territorial and maritime disputes. In this regard, we appreciate the continued support of G20 members to the ASEAN’s centrality and unity.

Finally, Mr. President, I believe prevention is the best cure. We need to strengthen preventive diplomacy measures, including confidence building, conflict early warning and peaceful settlement of disputes. Again, the UN and multilateral and regional institutions are essential in advancing these measures. In short, we need both early warning and early action.

I thank you, Mr. President./.

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