UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for stronger cooperation between the United Nations and League of Arab States to help improve situations in Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Lebanon.
Speaking at the open meeting of the Security Council on Cooperation with the Arab League, Guterres described the Arab League as “vital” in all areas of the UN’s work, adding that the two organizations “need to come together and stand together in support of peaceful multilateral solutions.”
“We remain united in our pursuit of multilateral answers to the cascading challenges facing the Arab world and beyond. These efforts have an added urgency as we face the profound global ramifications of the war in Ukraine. Numerous countries, for example, import at least half of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia, including Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.”
In regards to Libya, Guterres said he welcomes the Arab League’s constructive engagement to help preserve the unity and hard-won stability achieved since the signing of the Libyan ceasefire agreement in October 2020.
In Sudan, Guterres said that the League of Arab States and the UN have been working closely together, both bilaterally and in the context of the Friends of Sudan Group, to encourage meaningful dialogue towards an inclusive and peaceful transition.
Speaking about Syria, Guterres said that full implementation of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), is the “only way to break the deadlock and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Guterres, in his address about Lebanon, said the UN extols the Arab League and its members for urging the government to address the country’s crisis through meaningful reforms, timely elections, constructive engagement with the IMF (International Monetary Fund), and the full implementation of Security Council resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1701 (2006).
The UN also welcomed enhanced strategic cooperation between the government and members of the League, which included an observation mission to monitor Iraq’s parliamentary elections last October.
Guterres also spoke about Israel-Palestine issues, where he said that the League and the United Nations remain committed to finding a path for the peace process to advance and the occupation to end.
“Our shared goal remains two States, Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, viable and sovereign Palestinian State, living side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both States, Guterres added.
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