UN Pecebuilding commission needs support : Pak

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United Nations, Oct 12 (UNI) Pakistan has said the UN Peacebuilding Commission has shown promise but needs more support to meet its challenges.

Pakistan's ambassador to UN Munir Akram said in the General Assembly's first debate on the 31-member commission created in 2005 that the international community had the resources and the capability to address the challenges confronted by so many countries caught in the ''vortex of the politics of scarcity.'' ''Unfortunately, it is poverty and scarcity which must be conquered comprehensively in the Peacebuilding Commission and within other relevant bodies,'' he said.

The Pakistan ambassador said despite inherent difficulties, as well as differences of opinion in its evolutionary discussions, the commission, set up to prevent countries that have emerged from conflict from sliding back into war, performed well in its first year.

He, however, said the Commission faced several challenges, beginning with the effort of some to keep itself closely tied and subservient to the Security Council. That feeling and the resultant friction stemmed from the fact that its relationship with the three principal organs was ambiguous in the founding resolutions and had not been clarified.

He said the advocacy role of the Peacebuilding Commission required further strengthening to marshal resources, help ensure predictable financing and extend the period of the international community's attention.

The assistance made readily available by the Peacebuilding Fund proved invaluable. However, the Commission needed much larger resources on a sustained basis to carry out the agreed objectives, he added.

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