Veto in UN Security Council impedes long-standing Kashmir dispute:Pak

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Karachi, Mar.11 (ANI): Pakistan has said that the use of veto in the UN Security Council prevented a resolution of the long-lived Kashmir dispute and inhibited implementation of UN resolutions on the same.

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador, Maleeha Lodhi, in the inter-governmental negotiation process on Security Council reform reiterated the country’s opposition to add new permanent members to the Council with or without a veto, reports Dawn.

She said that any privileged role in decision-making would contradict the shared-goal of making the Security Council more democratic, representative and accountable.

Lodhi said Pakistan considers veto as an important issue which needs to be tackled as part of a comprehensive reform of the Security Council.

Pakistan supports expansion of the Security Council only in the non-permanent category, she added.

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Pakistan, she said, believed that ideally the veto should be abolished.

She warned the UN that if the values of the 21st century like democracy, equal opportunity and non-discrimination were ignored in reforming the Council, there would be the grave risk of making the United Nations a ‘Divided Nations’.

The Pakistani envoy added that the Council should not remain paralysed and deadlocked over reconciling to accommodate the interests of the five permanent members. (ANI)

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