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Syria urges to promote true pluralism at the UN

Damascus, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations, Bassam Sabbagh, stressed the need to apply multilateralism and pluralism in the work of the international organization.

“Today, more than ever, there is an urgent need to review the working methods within the UN system and ensure true pluralism,” the diplomat said.

He urged respect for the purposes and principles of the Charter and the achievement of the objectives set by the founding fathers of the United Nations system, and an increase in the effectiveness and efficiency of its work, including raising its credibility at an international level.

According to Sabbagh, pluralism requires the reform of the current structures, in particular, the enlargement of the Security Council so that it reflects the new reality of international relations.

International financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank must also be reformed so that they respond to the interests of developing countries and those of the South, he said.

The diplomat called for the promotion of the values of peace, the resolution of disputes through peaceful means, equality in sovereignty among all member states, and development and cooperation between them.

The United Nations system failed over the last two decades to solve a series of political, economic and social crises, such as preventing the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the inability to end the tragedy of the Palestinian people, the delegate noted, who also stated that Syria has suffered for the last 10 years from the exploitation of the UN by some Western countries at the service of their hostile policies.

“We call for a review of the organization’s working mechanisms and to prevent these countries from exploiting this platform at the service of their destructive policies and agendas,” he added.


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