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Kuwait calls for abstaining from vetoing humanitarian issues




(MENAFN - Arab Times)
NEW YORK, June 7 (KUNA) — Kuwait
has called for refraining from using veto in humanitarian issues such
as allowing urgent humanitarian aid to civilians, medical evacuations
and imposing a humanitarian truce.
Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi
made the remarks Thursday night in an open debate on the working
methods of the Security Council, which was organized by Kuwait in its
current membership of the Security Council to improve the work making it
more transparent.
It has been a year and a half since Kuwait took over the chairmanship of
the Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other
Procedural Questions (IWG) with many proposals made by Member States,
Al-Otaibi said.
IWG held 15 formal and informal meetings in which many issues relating
to the working methods were discussed, including Member States'
proposals.
Al-Otaibi appreciated many of the Member States supporting IWG since
Kuwait took over the presidency, especially former non-permanent
members.
Improving working methods is crucial to carry out responsibilities in
maintaining international peace and security and there have been many
improvements over the past 25 years, in procedures, methods, especially
after the end of the Cold War, he said.
Communication between the Council and non-member countries, other UN
organs such as the General Assembly and the increase of official
meetings are clear improvements, Al-Otaibi explained.
Improvements to the Security Council, non-permanent members and other
initiatives launched by many groups and States within the framework of
the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform.
Kuwait is among the signatories to the UN Security Council Code of
Conduct, in which member states of the Security Council undertake not to
object to draft resolutions that deal with crimes against humanity,
genocide and war corruptions, Al-Otaibi said.
The open debate, attended by 37 countries, follows Kuwait's first open
debate on the subject, which Kuwait has chaired since joining the
Security Council since January 2018.

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Kuwait calls for abstaining from vetoing humanitarian issues

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