Maliha urges UN, OIC to play role for settling Kashmir and other issues (National Herald Tribune (Pakistan))

Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi has urged the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to come forward to resolve the Kashmir issue and other disputes in the Middle East…

Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi has urged the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to come forward to resolve the Kashmir issue and other disputes in the Middle East.

Speaking at the Security Council debate on “Regional Organizations and Contemporary Challenges of Global Security”, she said that the OIC was also capable of promoting global peace and security and the organisation consisted of 57 UN member states, which confront imposing security challenges today.

Lodhi told the 15-member Council that while some regional organizations have proved their worth, while others, such as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), have yet to prove their potential. The SAARC, she pointed, has been “constrained because of the deep differences among its members and attempts to utilize it for regional domination.”While talking on the need to address the root causes of conflict around the world, ambassador Lodhi called upon the UN to actively promote cooperation with the OIC in areas such as mediation and conciliation of disputes, peacekeeping and peace-building; humanitarian assistance, especially to refugees and displaced people.

Lodhi said that the Council was meeting at a time of unprecedented and complex global and regional challenges. “Large parts of the Middle East are in flames, afflicted by multiple inter and intra state conflicts, the spread of terrorism, external intervention and power struggles, and massive human dislocation and suffering”.