Islamabad: Sharing the concerns of the international community on the situation in Syria, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon while explaining his vote on the resolution told the 193-member Assembly that continued violence and bloodshed cannot be condoned, says a press release received here today from New York.
“We strongly condemn the use of force against peaceful protesters and the human rights violations committed by all sides”. The Ambassador told the delegates that all out efforts have to be geared towards breaking the spiral of violence in Syria, and to enable the legitimate aspirations of the people to be heard and channelled for peace, prosperity and stability of the country. Haste, he added often leads towards waste and is historically contrary to the principles of tried and tested diplomacy.
Ambassador Haroon reiterated his country’s call for the Syrian people to be respected, and said they must be allowed to resolve their crisis.
Pakistan position in the Security Council, the Ambassador said was based on principles of non interference in internal affairs of States and non use of foreign military intervention and my country, he added stand by those principles.
“We call on both sides to shun violence, pursue the path of dialogue and reconciliation, and engage in result oriented and inclusive political process, leading to a peaceful resolution of the problem. We have always urged that any discussion on Syria at the UN should be with full cognizance of and respect for the principles of independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria”, the Pakistani envoy told the Assembly.
The 193-member Assembly adopted Arab-sponsored resolution with a vote of 137 in favour to 12 against with 17 abstentions. Pakistan voted for the resolution.
In his speech, Ambassador Haroon said Pakistan has acquiesced to the collective wisdom of its brothers in the Arab world and voted in favour of their resolution,”
He said that the objectives of peace and security can best be served by pursuing a cooperative approach with the country concerned. We therefore reiterate our earlier calls to respect the will of the Syrian people, and for a Syrian-led solution to the ongoing unrest.
“We have been stressing on the importance of consensus approach on the issue, including in the Security Council, for only a unified message could help promote our common objectives”
He underscored the need for more efforts to bridge the gaps through accommodation of proposed amendments by Russia, supported by China, for the sake of world peace and to achieve greater consensus in the Assembly.
“All remonstrations aside, there is a growing apprehension and anxiety in the Islamic world as another Muslim country faces ingress at the United Nations,” Ambassador Haroon pointed out. “We must allow not this to become a belief. This growing trend must cease”.
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