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Nawaz Sharif Speech at UN

Nawaz Sharif Speech at UN

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PERMANENTMISSION
TOTHE
UNITEDNATIONS
8EAST65th
STREET
-NEWYORK,NY10021-(212)879-8600
Pleasecheckagainstdelivery
Address
by
H.E.
Mr.
Muhammad
Nawaz
Sharif
:P-rime-Minister
of
the
IslamicRepublic
ofPakistan
TheGeneralDebate
of
theSixty-eighthSession
TheUnitedNationsGeneralAssembly
NewYork,27September2013
 
Mr.President,Excellencies,DistinguishedDelegates,LadiesandGentlemen,
IcongratulateyouonyourelectionasthePresident
of
theUnitedNationsGeneralAssembly.
It
isafittingrecognition
of
yourdistinguishedcareer.IalsocommendMr.
Vuk
Jeremic,forhisoutstandingleadership
of
theGeneralAssemblyinthepastoneyear.SecretaryGeneral
Ban
Ki-moonhasledtheorganizationablyandwisely.WeweregladtoreceivehiminPakistaninmid-August,asourhonoredguestontheanniversary
of
theIndependenceDay
of
Pakistan.
Mr.President,
IstandheretodaybeforethisAssembly,soonaftermycountryhasseenanewdawn.Icomebeforethishouseinallhumility,astheelectedPrimeMinister
of
Pakistan,forthethirdtime.Ifeelexonerated,asmysupportersandIstoodfirminourcommitmenttodemocracyinthelongyears
of
exile,exclusionandstateoppression,Iamhappytoinformthedistinguisheddelegatesthatwe
now
haveastrongParliament,anindependentjudiciary,afreemediaandavibrantcivilsociety.Butthereisnoroomforcomplacency.Wecannotlowerourguard.Democracyneedsconstantvigilanceandstronginstitutions.
It
needscarefulnurturing.Mostimportantly,
it
isnotpromises,butgoodgovernancethatsustainsdemocracy.MyGovernmenthasputpeopleatthecentre.Wewillworktogivethempeaceandsecurity,anenvironment
of
growthanddevelopment.Iampursuinganinclusiveapproachfortheentirenation.
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Mr.President,
Pakistanisanardentsupporter
of
theUnitedNations,whichisananchor
of
peaceandabeacon
of
hopeforallnations.TheUnitedNations'universalcharacterprovidesaforumtodiscuss,evolveandimplementglobalresponsestopressingproblems
of
ourtimes.Pakistanupholdsinternationallawandpromotesinternationalconsensus.Thesecurity
of
ourworldisassuredandreinforcedbyfriendlyrelationsbetweennationsandrespectforsovereigntyandterritorialintegrity
of
states.TheUnitedNationsneedsreform.Butitshouldbeareformthatreflectstheinterests
of
all;nottheambitions
of
afew.WebelievethattheSecurityCouncil'scompositionshouldbemademorerepresentative,democraticandequitable;anditsworkmoreeffective,transparentandaccountable.Theintendedreformsmusthoweverplanforadynamicfuture,notentrenchorreplicateoutdatedhistoricalpatterns,basedonprivileges.Theroleandauthority
of
theGeneralAssemblymustbefullyrestoredandrevitalized.Inthepastfewyears,theGeneralAssemblyhasregainedinfluenceinrespondingtochallengesinregardtopeaceandsecurity,developmentandclimatechange.
It
isbecomingaplatform
of
choice.Yet,ithastogoalongwaytoacquireitsfullauthority.
Mr.President,
Tosavetheworldfromthescourge
of
war,wehavetocontinuetostriveforafairandjustinternationalorder,basedonrule
of
law.Festeringdisputesmustberesolved.Inthisregard,theUnitedNationshasto
playa
criticalrole.TheUnitedNationsmustcontinuetoremainattentivetotheissue
of
JammuandKashmirandthefullrealization
of
therighttoself-determination
of
itspeople.Thesuffering
of
thepeoplecannotbebrushedunderthecarpet,because
of
powerpolitics.Asinthepast,PakistancallsupontheinternationalcommunitytogiveanopportunitytotheKashmiristodecidetheirfuturepeacefully,inaccordancewith
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