Ismail Sabri: UN must speak with one voice to end hostilities in the world


KUALA LUMPUR (September 25): Malaysia strongly believes that members of the United Nations (UN) must speak with one voice on the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities in all corners of the world, said the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said so in his inaugural address during the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday, via a pre-recorded video. The text of his speech was made available to the media here by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra).

“It is unfortunate that the world is far from achieving a global ceasefire with many places still in the throes of instability.

“Malaysia will continue to do what it can to promote peace and prevent conflict in the conduct of its foreign policy.

“In this regard, Malaysia also reaffirmed its commitment to global peace, security and prosperity by continuing to lead the release of a joint communiqué on the global ceasefire in June of this year,” a- he declared.

The Prime Minister said that Malaysia has always firmly believed in all efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence among nations, different peoples, faiths and cultures.

Commenting further on the global ceasefire, he highlighted the situation in Myanmar since the military took power from civilian government on February 1, saying the situation in the country remains a serious concern for Malaysia.

“Malaysia is particularly concerned about the humanitarian situation, now further exacerbated by Myanmar’s health system which is strained by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“It is absolutely essential that aid reaches those in need,” said Ismail Sabri, adding that Malaysia currently hosts more than 150,000 refugees from Myanmar, who represent 86% of its refugee population.

He said Malaysia fully supports the work of the ASEAN President’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, but remains concerned as Myanmar authorities have yet to allow the envoy to visit the country.

“We urge the authorities to accept the visit and to assist the special envoy in his duties as well as to accelerate the implementation of the ‘five-point consensus’ agreed by ASEAN,” he said.

The 10-member bloc has appointed Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan Mohd Yusof as special envoy to Myanmar to facilitate the mediation and dialogue process.

On the issue of the occupied Palestinian territory, Ismail Sabri said Malaysia is dismayed at the deaths of scores of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, following Israel’s brutal attacks in May this year.

“The systematic oppression of the Palestinians for many years through discriminatory policies, the denial of basic civil rights, the imposition of harsh conditions, the large-scale confiscation of land and the inhumane acts committed against them amount to the crime of apartheid, ”he said.

Malaysia reiterated its call for Israel to be held accountable for all its wrongdoing, including its gross violations of international law.

Malaysia also welcomed the establishment of an international commission of inquiry by the Human Rights Council to investigate violations of international human rights law during the 11-day crisis, he said. -he declares.

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