Vietnam Condemns Violence, Urges Restraint in Middle East at UN Debate

Vietnam's UN representative calls for self-restraint and an end to hostilities in the Middle East during a Security Council debate. The debate focuses on the situation in the region, including the question of Palestine, with many member states urging a two-state solution.

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Nitish Verma
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Vietnam Condemns Violence, Urges Restraint in Middle East at UN Debate

Vietnam Condemns Violence, Urges Restraint in Middle East at UN Debate

Vietnam's representative called for self-restraint and an end to hostilities in the Middle East during an open debate at the United Nations Security Council on March 25, 2024. The debate, which focused on the situation in the region, including the question of Palestine, saw the Vietnamese representative condemn violence while expressing support for a two-state solution and Palestine's UN membership.

Why this matters: The ongoing conflict in the Middle East has far-reaching implications for global peace and security, and a peaceful resolution is crucial for regional stability. The international community's continued focus on the issue highlights the need for diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and find a lasting solution.

The Security Council debate was attended by nearly 30 Member States, with many expected to make remarks on the situation in Gaza. The Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza urged the Security Council to scale up assistance to meet the immense needs of the civilian population in the area.

The Vietnamese representative's call for an end to hostilities and support for a two-state solution comes amid ongoing tensions in the region. In 2012, the UN General Assembly granted Palestinians non-member observer state status, a de facto recognition of statehood. However, a Palestinian push for full UN membership in 2024 is likely to face a veto from the United States in the Security Council, as it did in 2023.

The United Nations has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognized borders. Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war with neighboring Arab states. The ongoing conflict has been marked by violence, with Israel expanding settlements in the Occupied West Bank, which the UN considers illegal.

The March 25 UN Security Council open debate highlighted the international community's continued focus on the Middle East and the Palestinian question. As violence persists and tensions remain high, calls for self-restraint and a peaceful resolution through a two-state solution continue to be at the forefront of diplomatic efforts in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Vietnam calls for self-restraint and end to hostilities in Middle East at UN Security Council debate.
  • Vietnam supports two-state solution and Palestine's UN membership.
  • Security Council debate focuses on situation in Gaza and Palestinian question.
  • UN General Assembly granted Palestinians non-member observer state status in 2012.
  • Two-state solution with secure borders remains UN's endorsed vision for the region.