UN sees India as global power, seeks its help for peace in region

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Acknowledging India as a major global player and an outstanding example of political stability and democracy in South Asia, the United Nations today sought its cooperation in resolution of many problems besetting the region.

It also praised the country's efforts to resolve its dispute with Pakistan through dialogue, stressing that all the disputes in the subcontinent could be resolved through peaceful means.

The region was crucial to global stability and progress and had enormous potential for advancement of its people, but for that restoration of political stability was needed, UN secretray General ban Ki Moon said here while seeking India's help in the task.

''India is a major regional and global player. I urge you to continue to champion the causes of democracy, the rule of law and good government. And I encourage you to increase your engagement, including through the UN system, to promote these goals.'' he said.

The UN Secretary General was delivering the 9th Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture on 'India and the UN:An Indispensable Partnership' here.

''We already lean on you for peacekeeping. I would like to see even stronger India support for UN efforts to peacefully resolve conflict,'' he said.

Mr Ban Ki Moon said Myanmar might benefit from greater Indian involvement.

While observing that the cooperation between Myanmar and the UN had improved in the recent months, he regretted that progress on some issues of international concern, like release of Aung Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, had not been made.

He said India also has a role to play in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr Ban Ki Moon said all the problems and disputes in the sub-continent could be solved through negotiations. As a case study, he pointed out the recent opening of the trade route across LoC between India and Pakistan.

''This latest breakthrough grew out of talks last month at the United nations between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zardari. I draw encouragement from it, and urge both sides to build on it,'' he said.

''All the countries have difficult and sensitive unresolved issues. I am aware that you have been dealing with each of your neighbour on extremely complex questions. These are sometime subjects on which passions run high. But allow me to suggest that in virtually all the questions that plague the sub-continent, a solution through peaceful means,'' the UN Secretary General said.

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