Use of veto in UNSC, pre­vented Kash­mir res­o­lu­tion, says Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan said at the United Na­tions that the use of the veto in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil pre­vented a res­o­lu­tion of the long­stand­ing dis­pute of Kash­mir and hin­dered im­ple­men­ta­tion of UN Res­o­lu­tions on the is­sue, says a press re­lease re­ceived here Thurs­dayfrom New York.

Speak­ing in the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal ne­go­ti­a­tion process on Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­form, Am­bas­sador Maleeha Lodhi said those call­ing to­day for the ex­ten­sion of the veto to new per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil at the same time crit­i­cise its use or abuse.

Re­it­er­at­ing the coun­try's po­si­tion that Pak­istan was op­posed to adding new per­ma­nent mem­bers to the Coun­cil with or with­out a veto, she said that any priv­i­leged role in de­ci­sion mak­ing con­tra­dicts the shared goal of mak­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil more demo­cratic, rep­re­sen­ta­tive and ac­count­able.

"Pak­istan sup­ports ex­pan­sion of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil only in the non-per­ma­nent cat­e­gory", she added The de­bate at the UN Wed­nes­day was on the is­sue of veto, which Pak­istan's Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­sisted must be tack­led as part of a com­pre­hen­sive re­form of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that Pak­istan's pro­posal does not cre­ate any hi­er­ar­chy of sta- tus or priv­i­lege, such as veto; it only pro­vides ad­di­tional, eq­ui­table and equal op­por­tu­nity for States, that wish to shoul­der more re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­te­nance of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

Strongly op­pos­ing de­fer­ment of veto is­sue, Am­bas­sador Lodhi said that Pak­istan con­sid­ers veto as an im­por­tant key is­sue that needs to be tack­led as part of a com­pre­hen­sive re­form of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil,

"This can­not be ig­nored or de­ferred. Pak­istan does not sup­port any pro­posal that aims to de­fer con­sid­er­a­tion of this key is­sue or leave open the pos­si­bil­ity of its ex­ten­sion to other mem­bers through a re­view process", she added.

Am­bas­sador Maleeha Lodhi warned the UN that if the val­ues of the 21st like democ­racy, equal op­por­tu­nity and non-dis­crim­i­na­tion were ig­nored in re­form­ing the Coun­cil, it would run the grave risk of mak­ing the United Na­tions, a "Di­vided Na­tions".

Pak­istan, she said, be­lieves that ideally the veto should be abol­ished. "But be­ing cog­nizant that such pro­pos­als could them­selves be ve­toed, we sup­port prag­matic ap­proaches and mea­sures that could re­strict or limit the use of veto", she added.

Re­fer­ring to the pre­vi­ous de­bates, Pak­istani en­voy said that much em­pha­sis was placed on ef­fec­tive­ness of the Coun­cil and its de­ci­sion-mak­ing. "If to­day the Coun­cil re­mains par­a­lyzed and dead­locked over rec­on­cil­ing to ac­com­mo­date the in­ter­ests of the five per­ma­nent mem­bers, how will it cope with the in­ter­est of more such mem­bers?", she ques­tioned.

She con­cluded by re­it­er­at­ing Pak­istan's com­mit­ment to work to­wards gen­uine con­ver­gence among Mem­ber States, which can only be achieved by rec­on­cil­ing op­pos­ing views, aimed at achiev­ing the widest pos­si­ble political sup­port. "This re­quires flex­i­bil­ity and ac­com­mo­da­tion on the part of all del­e­ga­tions", she said.

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