Stop Arms Race-War-Sanctions: PM at General Assembly
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, Sept 24: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on the world community to stop the arms race, war, and sanctions to build a peaceful world with utmost importance on dialogue to resolve ongoing crises and disputes.
She made this call in her speech at the 77th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday (September 23) in the afternoon local time in New York.
The Prime Minister said, "My appeal to world conscience is to stop the arms race, war, and sanctions. Give children food, education, health care, and safety. Establish peace."
The Prime Minister made this call in his speech delivered today at the 77th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters.
She said that war or unilateral coercive economic sanctions, and counter-sanctions can never bring prosperity to any nation. Dialogue is the best way to resolve crises and disputes.
Sheikh Hasina said that as a result of the Ukraine-Russia war and economic sanctions and counter-sanctions, the supply system has been disrupted and the prices of various consumer goods including fuel and food have increased abnormally. Because of this, an economy like ours is under severe pressure. Inflation has increased. We have taken various initiatives to overcome this situation.
She said, "We want an end to the war between Ukraine and Russia. By punishing a country through sanctions, counter-sanctions, women, children and the entire human race are punished. Its impact is not only limited to one country but the livelihood of all people falls into great crisis. Human rights are violated. People are deprived of food, shelter, medical care, and education. In particular, children suffer the most."
Sheikh Hasina said that in the last two and a half years, while the world has started to recover from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has plunged the world into a collective uncertainty.
She said aid-seeking vulnerable countries now face more challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today we are passing through a critical time when mutual solidarity must be shown more than at any time in the past.