Peacekeeping and peace building operations should go "hand in hand": Brazil

17:32, September 24, 2010      

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  Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim addresses the general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, Sept. 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

  Brazil on Thursday said UN peacekeeping and peace building efforts should "to the extent possible, go hand in hand."

  The statement came as Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim was addressing the UN Security Council summit on the maintenance of international peace and security.

  International efforts to stabilize armed conflict throughout the world "have been hindered by a narrow view," said Amorim.

  "Today it is clear that peace, security, development, human rights and the rule of law are interrelated. Peace can never flourish where there is hunger and poverty," he added.

  The Brazilian foreign minister stressed the need for cooperation among all UN bodies in broadening the conduct of peacekeeping missions, in addition to reform of the Security Council.

  "Interaction with other UN bodies and the ability to cope with complex situations are indispensable to make the Security Council more effective. But this is not enough. It needs to be more representative and legitimate. It must also make its working methods more transparent," said Amorim.

  The world's most pressing security challenges "cannot be dealt with as the private domain of a limited number of powers," he noted.

  The Security Council has remained unchanged since its membership expanded from 11 to 15 nations in 1963. Five permanent members -- China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- hold veto power. The other 10 members are elected to serve for two-year terms and have no power to veto decisions by the council.

Source: Xinhua


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