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Tunisia hopes to see scientific, technological progress helpful in ending world's conflicts
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09:47, September 29, 2009

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Tunisia said here Monday that the scientific and technological advancement has reduced distances and improved the quality of life, but did not put an end to hotspots of tensions nor to various conflicts in the world.

The statement came as Tunisian Foreign Minister Abdelwaheb Abdallah was speaking to the annual debate of the General Assembly, which entered its fifth day here Monday.

"The important scientific and technological evolution we are witnessing today has certainly brought about considerable progress in a large number of fields, reduced distances and improved the quality of life," he said. "However, such developments did not put an end to hotspots of tension nor to the various conflicts which are still prevailing in some parts of the world causing more tragedies and nurturing conflicts, extremist trends and violence."

"Besides, those developments did not end the suffering of many populations in the world, who are still subject to hunger, poverty, indebtedness and underdevelopment, nor did they prevent the occurrence of financial and economic crises that hit most of the world countries and impacted the pace of their economic growth and their development schemes and which disrupted the world economic and financial systems while the digital and the technological gap and other forms of disparities among countries and populations have not been reduced," he said.

"These are some of the disturbing paradoxes of the present world situation which contradict the values and principles we have striven to implement and upon which the United Nations was founded," he said.

"We believe that the international community needs to further increase its efforts and focus them on achieving sustainable development and implementing the noble universal values, that the world needs so badly, such as cooperation, tolerance, and solidarity, which in our view remain the ideal way to strengthen nations' ability to positively interact with international changes and face the challenges of the present world situation, especially that these challenges and difficulties, in light of the globalization reality, seem to have a global dimension and hence require a collective response based on responsibility sharing among all nations," he said.

"The United Nations, which constitutes the ideal framework for taking up such a collective responsibility, is also in dire need, more than ever, to adapt to the changing situation at the international level in order to keep up with developments and fulfill its mandate in the most appropriate way," he said. "Indeed the present structure of the United Nations, which is the outcome of the conditions of its creation more that half a century ago, does no longer reflect the reality of the new world situation."

"This reality calls upon us to speed up the pace of the UN reform process, as outlined several years ago, so as to reflect the requirements of the world situation and allow the Organization to carry on its mission," he added.

Source: Xinhua

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