Voice of Vietnam | 07/18/2009
“Vietnam-EU half way there”
James Moran, Director for Asia of the Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission and head of the EU delegation said this regarding the fourth round of talks on the signing of a Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Vietnam and EU.
At a press briefing in Hanoi on July 17, Mr Moran praised Vietnam’s efforts in negotiating and expressed his hope that EU and Vietnam will concluded talks in October 2010 to sign a PCA.
Mr Moran said that the fourth round of talks was held in Brussels, Belgium from April 21-23. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Assistant to the Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son while the EU delegation was headed by James Moran.
Vietnam and the EU discussed some articles of co-operation, human rights, non-proliferation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and professional co-operation. The two sides agreed that the PCA will provide a favourable framework for them to create enduring ties in the same spirit and as equal partners in future. The talks, which took place in a spirit of friendship, respect and mutual understanding, were productive.
EU and Vietnam hope that new agreement will be a foundation for the two sides to boost ties to a new height and further strengthen bilateral co-operation in fields of mutual concern.