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Professor Carlyle A. Thayer
Since Nong Duc Manh became Secretary-General of the Vietnam Communist Part (VCP) in April, he has presided over two executive sessions (or plenums) of the VCP Central Committee. Under Manh’s leadership policy implementation is being strengthened by a more proactive Politburo and by the use of party committees within the state apparatus including the National Assembly. Manh has given priority to five main areas: strengthening leadership, infrastructure development, party-building, state-owned enterprise reform, and redress of ethnic minority grievances in the Central Highlands.
WATCHPOINT: Postscript: On 12 September the President and Foreign Minister of Vietnam responded to the terrorist attacks on the United States the previous day by sending messages of condolence to their American counterparts and especially to the families of the victims. Both messages noted that Vietnam had consistently condemned all acts of terrorism that caused civilian deaths. Similar sentiments were voiced by the Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Nations. The Vietnamese media adopted the line of expressing sympathy, condemning terrorism and cautioning against a counter-productive over-reaction. The army newspaper, Quan Doi Nhan Dan, argued that the United Nations and regional organizations bore the responsibility to act to ensure a peaceful and stabile environment. The United States was cautioned not to unleash violence and launch a destabilizing war under the pretext of ‘anti-terrorism’. Saigon Giai Phong, a party newspaper, argued that the U.S. would lose international support for a prolonged war against terrorism if it launched massive strikes against countries accused of harbouring terrorism. ‘Violence will not bring genuine peace’, it editorialized, and terrorism ‘cannot be solved by just a military campaign’. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry expressed Vietnam's official reaction with these words, ‘the United States must be very careful in its retaliation. Terrorist culprits and offenders must be accurately identified and any action against terrorism must comply with the UN charter and fundamental principles of international law. Other countries' sovereignty must be respected while actions should not complicate international relations’.
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