Sunday, September 29, 2013

Civil strife and terrorism undermine human security

Jammeh, President of the Gambia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.
Friday 27 September 2013 United Nations, New York (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)
Civil strife and terrorism caused by the behaviour of some world powers is undermining human security and even the viability of States, according to Yahya Jammeh, President of The Gambia. 

In his Friday address to the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Jammeh said poverty, hunger and disease still decimated countless communities, while the capacity to respond to man-made humanitarian crises remained discriminatory and inadequate.  

He challenged the UN to find lasting solutions for peace and for the protection of human life. He also called for informed and honest decisions, instead of “those driven by the interest of a few self-appointed gods thereby causing irreparable damage to the social fabric and economies of countries in conflict”.

Jammeh supported the view that regional organisations in the Middle East should be closely involved in negotiations for a solution to the Syrian conflict. 

He warns that attention to the two-year civil war in Syria had been diverted to the use of chemical weapons. And encourage the UN Security Council and all powers behind that conflict to not only prevent the use of chemical weapons but also bring the war to an immediate end without preconditions.
Scenes from the 68th UN General Assembly, New York
Scenes from the 68th UN General Assembly, New York (Photo credit: United Nations Information Centres)

The Gambian leader noted that the Security Council had become a barrier to progress, peace and security in some instances “where lopsided decisions can only be classified as racist and misguided, and therefore unacceptable”.  

Africa’s legitimate quest for full representation on the Council needed to be urgently addressed, he stressed.
Also, he urged the United States to lift sanctions against Cuba, advocated for the UN membership of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and supported the two-State solution for Israel and Palestine.

Written by Modou S. Joof
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