Thursday, October 6, 2022
Home New Release Japan’s Kishida says UN reforms needed to prevent Russian vetoes over Ukraine...

Japan’s Kishida says UN reforms needed to prevent Russian vetoes over Ukraine war

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed disappointment Tuesday over the failure of the United Nations Security Council to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine because of Russia’s right of veto, calling for reforms that would allow the U.N. to better defend global peace and order.

The United Nations used to play a central role in maintaining world peace, but “the foundation of the international order is violently shaken right now,” Kishida said in a speech at the U.N.’s annual assembly of world leaders.

Read more:

UN to allow Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to virtually address next week’s world leaders summit

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine tramples the philosophy and principles of the U.N. Charter and the notion that all nations should follow the rule of law, he said. Russia is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, and has rejected criticism of its actions in Ukraine.

Story continues below advertisement

“We must face the reality that the integrity of the United Nations is at risk because of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which is a U.N. Security Council member,” Kishida said. Reforms have been discussed for nearly 30 years, he said. “What we need is action toward reforms, not just talk.”

Japan has long sought to reform the U.N. Security Council, saying it was designed by the victors of World War II and does not reflect the reality of international society. Japan has promoted a reform plan with Germany, India and Brazil as the Group of Four since 2004. Achieving changes, however, would require a hard-to-pull-off U.N. Charter change.

Kishida said Japan is committed to providing greater support for the United Nations to help it play a greater role in keeping global peace and security.


Click to play video: 'Ukraine calls for designation of Russia as terrorist state to save Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant'







Ukraine calls for designation of Russia as terrorist state to save Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant


Ukraine calls for designation of Russia as terrorist state to save Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – Sep 6, 2022

Japan is to serve as one of the non-permanent members of the Security Council beginning in January. Kishida pledged that Japan will “sincerely listen to the small voices, not only the big voices, in order to strengthen the rule of law in international society.”

Story continues below advertisement

Kishida, who is from Hiroshima, the first city to be attacked by an atomic weapon, said he is committed to creating a world without nuclear weapons. He expressed disappointment over the failure of negotiators last month to reach an agreement on the U.N.’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty — considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament — because of Russia’s rejection.

Kishida said he has not given up hope. He said he is also open to holding talks without preconditions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on that country’s nuclear weapons ambitions as well as the abduction of Japanese citizens to the North.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

71 acres in Englishman River watershed donated to Nature Trust of B.C.

Environmentalists on Vancouver Island are celebrating a sizable land donation aimed at protecting a critical watershed near Nanaimo, B.C. Chilliwack-based construction company the Emil Anderson...

‘There’s endless choice, but you’re not listening’: fans quitting Spotify to save their love of music

‘There’s endless choice, but you’re not listening’: fans quitting Spotify to save their love of musicFormer streaming service subscribers on why they have ditched...

Elon Musk is wrong about patents. Here’s why IP isn’t ‘for the weak’

“Patents are for the weak” retorted Elon Musk to veteran broadcaster Jay Leno while giving him a tour of SpaceX. Leno, during the latest...

Walmart launches ‘metaverse’ experience in Roblox to sell toys to children

Tech/Business / How do you do, fellow RobloxiansWalmart has launched a pair of “immersive experiences” in online gaming platform Roblox. The retailer is presenting...