NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said the longstanding conflicts between Jammu Kashmir and Palestine are the most conspicuous shortcomings of the United Nations ( UN).
Speaking via video link on the 75th anniversary of the UN from Islamabad, he said the people of occupied Kashmir are still awaiting the fulfilment of the United Nations’ promise to grant them their right to self-determination.
Referring to the position of the United Nations, he said that it tackled the historical need to” save successive generations from the scourge of war; reaffirm the equal and fundamental rights of men and women and nations, large and small; and encourage better life in freedoms that are greater.
Qureshi said UN resolutions and decisions are flouted today; international cooperation is at its lowest, particularly in the Security Council; force is threatened with abandonment; critical Treaties and Covenants are discarded, aimed at promoting development and protecting the fragile environment of the globe.
He pointed out that increasing xenophobia and Islamophobia are taking the form of the same forces which led to the Second World War, racism, and fascism. “While we have seen tremendous international cooperation to fight COVID-19, as it should have done, it has failed to unify humanity,” he said.
He said Pakistan remains an ardent believer in multilateralism and the indispensability of the United Nations, highlighting Pakistan ‘s contributions to the world body, and has contributed more than 200,000 troops to 47 missions in 26 countries, losing 157 of our bravest ones in the process. He said the largest protracted refugee community has also been hosted by the region.
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