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A memorial service was held for Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh, who died while on a UN peacekeeping mission, on Wednesday at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi.

Service held to remember fallen Vietnamese peacekeeper
A memorial service was held for Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh, who died while on a UN peacekeeping mission, on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo

He was laid to rest at the Nhon martyrs’ cemetery in the capital city’s Bac Tu Liem District on the same day.

Major General Hoang Kim Phung, director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said: “Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh is a young officer who died while on the mission. His sacrifice has been highly appreciated by the United Nations. His passing is a great loss, especially when Vietnam is deploying more peacekeeping missions.”

“This is the greatest loss in the last eight years since we participated in the UN peacekeeping missions. It is the loss for the army, the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations and his family as well as for the whole nation as we are having proud citizens participating in peacekeeping missions with great humane and humanitarian values.”

The Central African Republic where Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh was based is an area with several difficulties on climate, weather and the widespread pandemic.

“There was no fighting in the area because there had been peace agreements. However, small animosities and conflicts and even armed conflicts persisted. Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh died during a peacekeeping mission of the UN, not combat operations,” he said.

Anh was born in 1983 in the northern province of Nam Dinh and lived in Bac Tu Liem, Hanoi, and was sent to the Central African Republic to work as a military observer in 2021.

He passed away on January 6, 2022 (local time) at field hospital No. 3 in Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda.

On January 8, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic coordinated with the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence to hold an online memorial service for Anh.

Later, on January 15, the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations held a ceremony to receive his remains from the UN.

With his dedication to the revolutionary cause of the Party, people and army and the UN peacekeeping mission, he was recognised as a martyr and was awarded a certificate of national merit.

He was also conferred the third-class “Fatherland Defense Order” and first-class Glorious Fighter Medal and promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel.

Jean Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, has sent a letter of condolence to Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN, Dang Dinh Quy, expressing the appreciation for the great contributions of Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh to the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

Writing in the funeral guest book, Caitlin Wiesen, the UNDP Resident Representative noted that his aspiration to contribute to world peace through participating in peacekeeping missions will be remembered.

Group Captain Bea Walcot, the UK Defence Attaché to Vietnam, shared the condolence for the nation which lost a soldier who has spent his life serving the nation.

Vietnamese high-ranking officials including Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Hoang Giang and Deputy Defence Minister and Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Commander of Military Region 2 and Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, also participated in the funeral.

Vietnam has sent 250 servicemen and staff to UN peacekeeping missions at the UN Headquarters (New York, USA) and other missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

In terms of individual operation officers, Vietnam has sent 61 service tours of military officers serving as staff officers, military observers and liaison officers. The country has also dispatched field hospitals involving 189 medical staff.

The country is also preparing to send 191 officers to the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei in the first quarter of this year.

Source: Vietnam News

The Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations will hold a memorial service on January 19 for Lieutenant Colonel Do Anh, who died while on a UN peacekeeping mission.

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