Islamabad: The Third Committee of the General Assembly on Tuesday adopted Pakistan’s traditional resolution on the “Right of Peoples to Self Determination”. Repeated adoption of this resolution by acclamation ever since its introduction in the 1980’s epitomizes the General Assembly’s consistent reaffirmation of this central principle of the UN Charter. This year the resolution was co-sponsored by a record number of seventy-one countries, says a press release received here today from United Nations, New York.
In his introductory statement, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Mr. Raza Bashir Tarar, highlighted the importance of this right that enjoys primacy in international law as well as is the corner stone of the UN Charter and two international Covenants. He also thanked the growing number of co-sponsors that reflected the continuing importance this fundamental right enjoys among the comity of nations.
Annual adoption of this resolution by the Third Committee that deals with the issues of human rights and humanitarian questions sends a strong message of the international community’s opposition to all acts of foreign aggression and occupation, which are contrary to International human rights and humanitarian laws.
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