Diplomatic Breakthrough: UNGA validates Pak-sponsored resolution on ‘self-determination’

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Dec, 2020. 12:07 pm

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ratified a Pakistan-sponsored resolution that reaffirms the right to self-determination for peoples who are subjected to illegal occupation.

According to the details, the resolution was adopted by the majority which was co-sponsored by 71 countries.

The adopted resolution calls on countries to immediately cease their foreign military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories, as well as acts of repression, discrimination, and maltreatment.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Munir Akram said that “By adopting our resolution, the General Assembly has reaffirmed our legal, political and moral case in support of all peoples, including the Kashmiri people, to struggle for self-determination against foreign occupation by all means available to them.”

He said, “This resolution empowers legitimate freedom movement and renews international commitment to help those living under occupation and subjugation.”

Munir Akram declared that “Pakistan will continue to speak up for all peoples who are suffering under foreign occupation.”

He added that “This has been a cornerstone of our foreign policy and we are proud to be a voice of the voiceless.”

Later Munir Akram who is also President of the UN Economic and Social Council called on the UNGA President Volkan Bozkir.

During the meeting, they discussed the upcoming joint briefing which will be an opportunity to demonstrate areas of coherence.

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