Vietnam is very concerned about the current escalating tension in Iraq
ANSWER TO CORRESPONDENT BY MR. LE DZUNG, THE SPOKESMAN
OF VIETNAM’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON 16th APRIL 2004
Vietnam’s reaction to the fact that more and more foreigners have recently been kidnapped and held hostage in Iraq. At present, how many Vietnamese are there in Iraq? Does Vietnam worry about their fate and plan to bring them home? What is Vietnam’s comment on the international community’s role in reconstructing Iraq and the need for foreign forces’ presence in Iraq?
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Vietnam is very concerned about the current escalating tension in Iraq and urgently calls upon parties concerned to exercise self-restraint, stop all violent acts targeted at Iraqi civilians and foreigners, thus contributing to the restoration of peace and stability in Iraq. We are of the view that the United Nations and the international community should make positive and concrete contribution to stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq on the basis of respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.
At present, Vietnam has its representative mission in Iraq. We would like to request Iraqi competent authorities to take necessary measures to ensure security and safety for our representative office and its staff in Iraq in line with international laws and practice.