Pak miffed over UN omission of J-K dispute in its annual report

November 14th, 2007 - 1:57 am ICT by admin  
“It (inequality of treatment) is evident from the omission from the annual report of any reference to the volatile region of South Asia and the central dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, which has plagued relations in that region for six decades, Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram told the UN General Assembly.

“It is also evident in the UN’s one-sided approach to such issues such as disarmament and non-proliferation as well as human rights,” Akram added.

Akram said that to ensure equality, it was essential to rebalance the Security Council and General Assembly powers.

“This organisation was created for all its member states and all their peoples; it must be responsive to their interests and reflect their goals and aspirations,” he added.

Akram was speaking at the start of a debate on the annual report of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his first to UN member states that covers developments around the world in the political, social and economic fields.

“The United Nations is not an instrument for serving the unilateral interests of any power; rather it is a vehicle for promoting multilateral cooperation,” he said.

The Security Council should restrict its role to maintaining peace and security. Its work must be transparent, and composition more representative of United Nations membership. Pakistan, The News quoted Akram, as saying.

Taking up conflict prevention, he said there was ample scope to promote solutions through conciliation, mediation, arbitration and good offices, while underscoring the need to strengthen the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.

Also, strengthening the Peace-building Commission could help prevention efforts, and Pakistan was disappointed that its full potential remained constrained by defence of Security Council “prerogatives”.

Pakistan, as the largest troop contributor, was satisfied with the success of United Nations peacekeeping efforts, he said, adding that the organisation could face capacity problems in responding to new demands. (ANI)

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