Friday , April 10 2020

Pakistan urges flexibility to break stalemate in UNSC reform talks

New York: Pakistan has called for a “spirit of flexibility and compromise” in the long-standing negotiations to reform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as progress is not being made due to the insistence for permanent seats on the 15-member body by India, Brazil, Germany and Japan.

While addressing at the session of Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) that visioned to increase the Council, Pakistani Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the proposal from Italy/Pakistan-led Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group, is drafted out of democratic ideals and took notice of the concerns and interests of all member states – small, medium and large.

“We hope that this round of negotiations would see the triumph of collective good over the individual ambitions of a few member states,” the Pakistani ambassador told.

The General Assembly President, María Fernanda Espinosa, while opening a new round of talks said UN regretted lack in progress for 25 years towards restructuring the Security Council, and dialogues and negotiations can be called to make progress.

“Intergovernmental negotiations began more than a decade ago, Ms. Espinosa said, adding, “And still, the composition of the Security Council continues broadly to reflect the world as it was in 1945, save for the increase in non-permanent seats agreed half a century ago.”

Maleeha Lodhi has long stood for the rights of Pakistanis in UN and put forward the cases of Kashmir and the result is never positive and hopeful.


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