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EU: UN-led multilateralism contributes to global peace

October 23, 2021
EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

BRUSSELS — The European Union Saturday stressed that multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core, is the most effective way to contribute to global peace, security, human rights and prosperity.

"In a rapidly evolving world, a strong and dynamic partnership between the EU and the UN is more important than ever and it needs to deliver," said EU High Representative Josep Borrell in a statement to mark the UN Day.

"Together, we must respond to global crises, threats and challenges that cannot be addressed by any country alone, be it climate change and biodiversity loss or the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

Borrell noted that the UN Secretary-General's report on Our Common Agenda represents a timely opportunity to transform the UN system and gear it towards these objectives.

"On the UN Day, we congratulate the UN and its staff for their vital work across the globe, from Afghanistan to Mali," he added. United Nations Day, on Oct. 24, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force.

The EU also deplored the recent threats of violence against the personnel of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the Independent High Electoral Commission and against others, following the publication of preliminary elections results in Iraq held earlier this month.

"Such violent manifestations have no place in a democracy. The EU recalls that voting on Election Day was largely peaceful, orderly and well-organized, and voters were able to freely express their will," said EU lead spokesman for foreign relations Peter Stano in a statement.

"Any elections-related appeal or complaint should be addressed through existing legal procedures. It is crucial that all parties use these legal means to address any grievances they may have over the outcome of the polls," he said.

The EU looks forward to working closely with the next Iraqi government in the implementation of urgently needed reforms, as demanded by the Iraqi people, added the statement. — KUNA


October 23, 2021
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