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

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.

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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