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Vietnam supports peaceful settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

New York (VNA) – Deputy Foreign Minister Le Luong Minh affirmed Viet Nam ’s steadfast support for the peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the realisation of two States , Israel and Palestine .

Deputy FM Minh, Permanent Representative of Vietnam at the UN Security Council, on Jan. 6 expressed his profound concern over the alarming toll of innocent lives and widespread destruction of the infrastructure and private properties of innocent Palestinians and the worsening humanitarian crisis faced by the Palestinians after Israel launched its military operations into Gaza .

Condemning all indiscriminate attacks against civilians and affirming that there cannot be any military solution to the current conflict, the Deputy FM called upon the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint, cease all military activities and acts of violence, and return to the negotiation table to resolve outstanding issues by peaceful means.

“We urged Israel to stop the excessive and disproportionate use of force, end its military operations and immediately withdraw forces from Gaza ,” Minh said.

He underlined the urgent need to cease all restrictive measures and open border crossings in order to facilitate the delivery of food, medical aid, fuel and other humanitarian supplies to the suffering people in Gaza , the evacuation of the injured and the unhindered access of humanitarian workers.

The deputy minister said, “We pay tribute to United Nations agencies, in particular the UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and other humanitarian organizations for their work under challenging circumstances on the ground. We call upon the international community to extend further emergency and humanitarian assistance to the civilian population in Gaza .”

He said Vietnam fully supports the intensified and coordinated efforts of the international community to establish an immediate, permanent, effective and monitored ceasefire between the parties concerned and thus ensure long-term peace, security and stability in the region.

“The Security Council, mandated to preserve international peace and security, can and should play its due role in finding a durable solution to this crisis by adopting a resolution that will stop the conflicts and bring the peace process back on track,” Minh said.

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