Pakistan Blames Veto Powers for UN Failure to Stop Israel-Gaza and Ukraine Wars

Pakistan’s top diplomat at the United Nations has accused the five permanent members of the Security Council of using their veto power to block any meaningful action to end the wars in Israel-Gaza and Ukraine.

Ambassador Munir Akram, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, told Geo News on Monday that the veto power of China, France, Russia, the UK and the US had paralysed the Security Council and prevented it from fulfilling its responsibility to maintain international peace and security.

He said that Pakistan was trying to limit the use of veto by the permanent members and to increase the representation of developing countries in the Security Council. He proposed that the council should have 27 members, with a majority of them being non-permanent elected seats.

He also dismissed the idea of adding new permanent members to the council, saying that it would not solve the problem of the council’s ineffectiveness and legitimacy.

Akram’s remarks came as the Security Council was expected to vote on Tuesday on a draft resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, which has killed more than 29,000 people, mostly children, in more than 4 months of fighting.

The draft resolution, sponsored by Algeria, was first circulated more than two weeks ago, but faced strong opposition from the US, which argued that it could undermine the efforts to reach a truce through diplomatic channels.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said on Saturday that the US did not support the draft resolution and would veto it if it came up for a vote as drafted.

The US, which is a close ally of Israel, has repeatedly blocked the Security Council from issuing a joint statement calling for a cessation of hostilities in Gaza, saying that such a move would not help to de-escalate the situation.

The US has also been accused of providing military and political support to Israel, while ignoring the plight of the Palestinian civilians who have borne the brunt of the Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

Meanwhile, the Security Council has also failed to take any decisive action to stop the war in Ukraine, which has entered its third year and claimed more than 13,000 lives.

The conflict, which erupted in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, has seen repeated violations of a shaky ceasefire agreement and a stalemate in the diplomatic process.

Russia, which has a veto power in the Security Council, has used it to shield itself and its allies from any sanctions or criticism, while accusing the West of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs and provoking the conflict.

The West, on the other hand, has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia and provided military and economic assistance to Ukraine, while urging Moscow to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Pakistan, which has friendly relations with both Russia and the US, has called for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the disputes in Israel-Gaza and Ukraine, based on the principles of international law and the UN Charter.

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