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UN Security Council condemns ‘cowardly’ terror attacks in Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” terrorist attacks on Chinese Consulate in Karachi and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that claimed dozens of lives and left many injured. Members of the Security Council also expressed appreciation for the swift response by Pakistani law enforcers. In a statement, the Council members stressed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.…

Qureshi calls for making UN Security Council more democratic, transparent

NEW YORK: On the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi attended the ministerial meeting of the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) on Security Council reform held at the Italian Mission on Wednesday, ARY News reported. Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mahmood Qureshi underscored that a more democratic, representative, accountable, transparent and effective Security Council remains the cornerstone of any comprehensive reform process. "Given its strategic importance for member…

US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

UNITED NATIONS: The United States urged fellow UN Security Council members Wednesday to punish Iran for "malign behavior" in the Middle East, at a meeting on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. "When confronted with a country that continually violates this council's resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences," said Jonathan Cohen, the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations. "That is why we urge members of this Council to join us in the imposition of sanctions that target…

Two-thirds of U.N. Security Council upset by non-implementation of Mideast resolution

UNITED NATIONS: Two-thirds of the United Nations Security Council expressed “profound concern” on Monday that a 2016 resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on land that Palestinians want for an independent state was not being implemented. A letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres from 10 members of the 15-member council coincided with the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014. Israeli troops fatally shot dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border as the Trump administration…

UNSC members roundly condemn Trump’s Jerusalem plan

NEW YORK: United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members widely condemned President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a move that has triggered widespread protests in the Arab and Muslim world. Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday sparked a Palestinian “day of rage” on Friday. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one was killed in clashes with Israeli troops. Amid anger in the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western…

Pakistan pushes for UNSC reform on democratic principles

NEW YORK: Pakistan on Tuesday criticised the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded United Nations Security Council — India, Brazil, Germany and Japan — for opposing reform of the 15-member body guided by the principles of democracy. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said in response to a document prepared by the co-chairs of the intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) which identified democracy and representativeness as shared principles of the UN membership that needs to be taken into consideration in…

Pakistan seeks expansion in non-permanent seats at UNSC

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan and its allies opposing additional permanent members on the United Nations Security Council seek expansion only in the non-permanent seats as it is the only category which reflects equity among regional groups. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has told a UN panel as the long-running Inter-Governmental Negotiations aimed at reforming the 15-member council resumed the process on Thursday. “The Council needs to be expanded in a manner that gives a greater chance of representation to the regional groups…

Pakistan calls for increase in non-permanent seats at UNSC

NEW YORK: Pakistan has called for adding more elected seats to United Nations Security Council and said that it is the only way to assure fair regional representation on a reformed council. Participating in the resumed inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council reform, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said that council’s seats were are presently distributed to an equitable geographic principle only in the non-permanent category. Ms. Lodhi said Pakistan wants to enhance the representation of UNSC…

US envoy warns of deep review of UN peacekeeping

NEW YORK: The United States warned on Wednesday that it would use its presidency of the UN Security Council to review the performance of peacekeeping missions worldwide. The council is due to vote in the next few days on whether to extend or to cut back the 19,000-strong UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And US President Donald Trump made it clear in his first budget request to Congress that he hopes to cut America's funding to the United Nations. US ambassador Nikki Haley will become president of the…

Pakistan opposes creation of more Security Council permanent seats

NEW YORK: Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). According to Radio Pakistan, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi stated that the creation of permanent seats in UNSC opposes the principles of the UN Charter. Pakistan's permanent representative, on the other hand, stated that the country supports the increase in non-permanent seats in the UNSC as it will make the UN body more accountable, democratic and effective. In…