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UN chief ‘alarmed’ by reports of chemical use against Syrians

United Nations: The head of the United Nations said on Sunday he was “particularly alarmed” by the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, during an attack that rescue workers said killed dozens of people. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” about renewed violence in the city…

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April 8, 2018


Death penalty has no place in the 21st century : UN chief

UNITED NATIONS:The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on all countries ,which have not forbidden the extreme practice, to urgently stop executions. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” Guterres said, while speaking alongside Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for…

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October 11, 2017


UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya Muslims

NEW YORK: The 72nd annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly has begun in New York. The theme for the Debate is ‘Focusing on People – Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet. The discussion will define international responses to many of the global challenges of the day,…

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September 20, 2017


Imran Khan’s open letter to UN chief on Rohingya Muslims’ plight

ISLAMABAD: In an open letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has condemned silence and inaction of the UN on the genocide and plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The letter recalls that earlier in June 2015 also, Imran Khan had written a letter to the UN secretary general…

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September 9, 2017


PM underlines UN’s role in addressing long-standing issues like IoK

ASTANA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said there were legitimate expectations for the United Nations to play its due role in addressing the myriad challenges of today, including the long-outstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He appreciated efforts of the UN Secretary General and expressed his support to his call for cooperation among states…

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June 9, 2017


Portugal’s Guterres appointed as next UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly on Thursday appointed Antonio Guterres as the new secretary-general of the United Nations, in a shift towards a more high-profile leadership of the world body. The former prime minister of Portugal pledged to work as a “bridge-builder” and “honest broker” after the 193 member-states unanimously named him to be…

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October 14, 2016


Guterres vows to ‘serve most vulnerable’ as UN chief

LISBON: Antonio Guterres, the man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, vowed Thursday to serve “the most vulnerable” when he takes up the post. “To describe what I feel at the present moment two words are sufficient: gratitude and humility,” the former Portuguese prime minister said in an address at the foreign ministry…

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October 6, 2016


UN’s Ban hails likely successor Guterres as ‘superb choice’

ROME: Departing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed his likely successor Antonio Guterres as a “superb choice”, ahead of the former Portuguese prime minister’s expected backing by the Security Council. “I know Mr Guterres very well and consider him a superb choice,” Ban, who has served as UN chief since January 2007, said…

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October 6, 2016


UN chief offers to mediate over Kashmir tensions

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan to defuse rising tensions over disputed Kashmir. The offer came after Pakistan’s ambassador met with the UN chief and urged him to personally intervene, while India said it did not want to aggravate the situation. Ban called on…

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October 1, 2016


Maleeha seeks UN’s intervention on Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi on Friday said India is non-serious in resolving Kashmir issue and it is obligatory upon the United Nations to persuade the Modi government for peaceful settlement of this long standing dispute. “India is non-serious in finding a solution to the Kashmir dispute. India’s arrogance is…

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August 19, 2016


UN chief pays tributes to Pakistani peacekeepers

ISLAMABAD: United Nations (UN)’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon Thursday paid tributes to Pakistan peacekeepers on the occasion of Pakistani Peacekeepers Day. He said “I am honoured to join you in marking Pakistani Peacekeepers’ Day”, said a press release received here. Since its first deployment to the Congo in 1960, Pakistan has been one of the…

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June 2, 2016


UN chief condemns ‘appalling’ Pakistan bombing

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned suicide bombing in Pakistan that killed at least 65 people and injured hundreds more, calling it an “appalling” act of terrorism. “The secretary general strongly condemns the suicide bombing today at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore,” a UN statement said. “The…

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March 28, 2016


UN chief welcomes implementation of Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers as “a significant milestone”, and voiced hope that it would contribute to regional stability. “This is a significant milestone that reflects the good faith effort by all parties to fulfil their agreed commitments,” the secretary-general…

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January 17, 2016


UN chief slams bomb attacks that killed Shuja Khanzada

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Sunday’s bomb attack that killed Punjab’s Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and more than a dozen other people in “Shadi Khan” village, Attock, and called for bringing to justice those responsible for the crime.

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August 17, 2015


Iran deal will help Middle East stability: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the framework Iran nuclear deal, saying it will help bolster peace and stability in the Middle East. “A comprehensive, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue will contribute to peace and stability in the region and enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious…

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April 2, 2015