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Pakistan warns UNGA of major powers’ rivalry, arms race

Permanent representative to UN Munir Akram says UN must focus on reconstruction of peace

Pakistan has urged the United Nations (UN) to prepare for a revival of rivalries between major powers and the possibility of a new arms race.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram brought these matters forward at the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA’s) first meeting of 2022.

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Munir said that global tensions between major powers have been revived. He added that both new and old conflicts were brewing. Munir said that consensus on disarmament was no more with countries forming new military alliances around the globe, cautioning that the UN would need to confront these issues in the near future.

Pakistan’s permanent representative said that the UN must look towards contributing towards reconstruction of peace. He said it could do so based on the values of the UN Charter, international law and the UNGA resolutions.

Speaking at the occasion, UNGA President Abdulla Shahid emphasized that common humanity must be valued. He added that the forum must fend against forces that motivated and promoted conflict.

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Shahid also urged the global community to pledge towards vaccine equity in order to battle against COVID-19. He called for expediting production and distribution of vaccines.

Pakistan’s permanent representative assured the UNGA president of the country’s support and pledged to collaborate with him.

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