Challenges in development will "double" if int'l obligations not "fully met:" Mauritanian PM

09:23, September 26, 2010      

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Mauritania warned here Saturday that challenges of development in the world will "double" if international obligations are not "fully met."

"Poor countries are in an urgent need for more attention from the international community for their stability and development, and for committed partners who would help them integrate into the global economic system," Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, prime minister of Mauritania, said here at the annual general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, which entered its third day here Saturday.

He urged for all voices of countries to be heard -- "big and small, powerful and weak, resolving difficult international issues, and coordinating and supporting development efforts."

Laghdaf also called for efforts to reform the world body, particularly the Security Council, which "we call for its expansion to include a permanent representation of the African continent, and a permanent representation of the Arab world."

"Because democracy is an international requirement and not only a practice or national objective, it is not logical nor acceptable not to grant permanent seats at the Security Council for the African continent, and the Arab world," Laghdaf said.

Source: Xinhua


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