At UN, Dr M hits at pro-democracy powers clinging to anti-democratic vetos

At UN, Dr M hits at pro-democracy powers clinging to anti-democratic vetos

Malaysiakini - News·2019-09-28 15:05

Calling for the United Nations to return to its original purpose of ensuring world peace, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the time has come when the veto power should be modified if it cannot be done away with completely.

He suggested that the veto should only be valid if two veto powers together with three non-veto members agree to apply it, to ensure less frequent abuses.

“The veto powers should not think they would always be above international laws and norms,” he said when delivering his statement at the General Debate of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) here on Friday.

He noted that five countries claimed victory in the Second World War three-quarters of a century ago, and on that basis insisted on the right practically to rule the world, giving themselves veto powers over the rest of the world in the UN.

“How much longer should this group be allowed to exercise this power? How long, forever? The unspoken time frame seems to be eternal,” he pondered on the power wielded by five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Mahathir said that very power has resulted in an arms race, each one of the five relying on their military might to challenge any attempt to take their power away.

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