TEHRAN (defapress) – Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iran to UN Gholamali Khoshroo said the realization of international peace and security is the ultimate goal of the United Nations.
News ID: 65871
Publish Date: 08September 2017 - 11:23
Speaking at UN General Assembly's first High-level Forum on
'The Culture of Peace', Gholamali Khoshroo called unilateralism and coercive
measures in international relations as the root causes of instability,
insecurity and expansion of terrorism and extremism.
Here comes the full text of his speech:
As the Charter of the United Nations confirms, the
realization of international peace and security is the ultimate goal of the
United Nations. Hence, today’s topic, Culture of Peace, lies at the heart of
the work of this organization.
It has been accurately perceived that Culture of Peace is
the essence of the UN Charter.
The United Nations, as the largest international
organization, has been created to save humankind from the scourge of war.
Thus, this organization bears a paramount responsibility to
combat the evils of extremism and terrorism as well as to promote peace and a
culture which nourishes, supports and sustains it.
Those who pursue sanctions and coercion, instead of
diplomacy and negotiation, by their deeds and rhetoric, strengthen extremism
and in turn weaken the culture of peace and tolerance.
Unilateralism and coercive measures in international
relations are the cause of instability, insecurity and expansion of terrorism
and extremism. The successful cases where diplomacy has proved to be effective,
such as the JCPOA, should be regarded as patterns of action in international
affairs. No one should be allowed to beat the drum of threat and to ridicule
the international community. The failed and violent experiences of the past
should not be repeated.
The Middle East region has turned into an exhibition of
modern and deadly weapons. Each of those weapons cause a scar on the feeble
body of peace. It is in such circumstances that extremism finds a fertile ground
to expand and violence becomes the only possible means of interaction.
We have to combat cultures of unilateralism and extremism
simultaneously. When the so-called "alliances”, in parallel with terrorist
groups, pour bombs over sacred places, schools and hospitals they suffocate the
culture of peace with their iron hands.
As Iranian martyr, Mohsen Hojjajji, is beheaded in front of
cameras by terrorist and takfiri elements of Daesh in Syria, the international
community has a responsibility with regard to this crime.
Those who have helped terrorist groups to grow, either by
their distorted ideologies or by financial and logistical means, should be held
The path to combating violence and extremism runs through
universal support for the culture of peace and friendship. The Middle East is
the birth place of ancient the divine religions. As such, this region should
not be polluted by the filth of extremism.
Meanwhile, strengthening the culture of peace is essential
all over the world. The recent tragic events unfolding with regard to the
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is another situation where innocent people are
falling prey to the evils of intolerance and extremism. We strongly condemn the
ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims and call for its immediate end.
Hundreds of innocent people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of
people have been forced to flee their homes.
What is happening today in many parts of the world, from the
Occupied Palestinian territory to Yemen, all reflect cases of failure in our
joint endeavor towards forming a more peaceful world. However, we cannot and
should not give up.
War and conflict have always imposed themselves onto
societies. Today, however, the cost of war has made it a non-option. Thus, it
is imperative to make long-lasting peace a reality.
To that end, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the main
proponent of the idea of "A world against Violence and Extremism",
once again invites all peace-loving nations to close ranks for the cause of