Sisi: Egypt has vision for enhancing performance of int'l system
Wednesday، 23 September 2020 - 04:44 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that Egypt has a vision for enhancing the performance and effectiveness of the international system, giving special focus on the UN.
Delivering a video conference speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday 22/9/2020, President Sisi added that his country asserts the necessity of preserving international peace and security.
In his speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, President Sisi thanked Tijani Mohamed Pandey for his distinguished efforts as the President of the UNGA at its 74th session, wishing success for the president of the current UNGA session.
This year's session is of special importance as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has so far left major human losses and profound economic and social impacts.
Egypt, by virtue of its history, geographic location and its African, Arab, Islamic and Mediterranean affiliation, and as a founding member of the United Nations, has its own vision of the approach that should be followed to improve the performance and enhance the effectiveness of the multilateral system, with a special focus on the UN, the president said.
He added he would like to take this occasion to review some of the procedures that are being practically investigated to achieve our common goals represented in the three pillars of the United Nations.
The first pillar focuses on preserving international peace and security via adopting an approach that guarantees the implementation of decisions issued in multilateral frameworks, giving priority to underpinning the stable and consistent rules and principles of the UN Charter and international law, a matter that requires an indomitable political will among states to respect and implement decisions and activate the UN tasks on two main levels .
The first level is closely following up the implementation of what have been agreed upon, taking all necessary measures to help states fulfilling their obligations and building their capacities, taking into account the core principle of National Ownership, while the second is to hold accountable countries that deliberately violate international law and UN resolutions, in particular the UN Security Council resolutions, Sisi added.
In this context, it is no longer acceptable that binding UNSC resolutions in the field of combating terrorism, which provide the necessary legal framework to face this deadly pandemic, to remain unimplemented by some countries that think they will not be held accountable for political reasons, Sisi said.
He went on to say "It is regrettable that the international community continues to turn a blind eye to the support of a handful of countries to terrorists, whether by funding them and supplying them with weapons or by providing safe havens and media and political platforms, along with facilitating the movement of terrorist fighters to conflict areas, particularly to Syria and Libya."
He expressed Egypt's keenness to establish international peace and security to spare people the scourge of armed conflicts by launching comprehensive political processes based on the references of the relevant UNSC resolutions.
As for the Libyan crisis, President Sisi reiterated Egypt's adherence to find a political settlement to the Libyan crisis based on the UN-brokered Skhirat agreement, the conclusions of the Berlin conference, and the Cairo Declaration, to end the crisis in Libya.
The crisis in war-torn Libya goes beyond the country’s borders and affects the security of neighbouring countries and international stability, he added.
He made it clear that Egypt is determined to offer all support to the Libyan brothers to free their country of terrorist organizations and militias and to put an end to the flagrant interference of some regional parties that deliberately brought foreign fighters to Libya to fulfil their known ambitions and colonial illusions, he said.
Sisi warned that If the fighting in Libya continues and crosses the Sirte-Jufra redline, Egypt will confront it in defence of its national security and the safety of its people.
He also renewed call for all parties to return to the political track to achieve peace, security and stability that the brotherly people of Libya deserve.
He said "We really seek to implement international resolutions and achieve lasting peace and security in the Middle East region."
In order to realize peace and security in the ME region, there is no way to lift this burden and open up the horizons of peace, cooperation and coexistence and realize the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their own independent state with Al Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) as its capital.
As for the Syrian crisis, President Sisi also stressed the necessity of swiftly implementing UNSC resolution 2254 that called for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria, along with preserving the country's territorial integrity and institutions and fulfilling the aspirations of its people and eliminating terrorism.
Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Sisi said "I would like to convey to you the Egyptian nation’s great concern about this project that is being constructed by a neighbouring and friendly country on the Nile River that has given life to millions of people over thousands of years."
He went on to say "We have spent almost a decade in painstaking negotiations with our brothers in Sudan and Ethiopia in an attempt to clinch an agreement regulating the filling and operation of the dam and strike an adequate balance between achieving the development requirements of the friendly Ethiopian people and preserving Egypt's water interests and safeguarding its right to life."
Sisi that the Nile River is not any party's monopoly and its waters are a matter of survival for Egyptians without infringing the rights of the brothers.
The UNSC’s response to Egypt's call to hold a consultation session on this matter on June 29 confirmed the importance of this issue and its direct connection with preserving international peace and security, Sisi underlined.
Thus, the international community shoulders the responsibility of encouraging all parties to reach the desired agreement that achieves our common interests, Sisi said. However, the negotiation period should not be extended indefinitely in an attempt to impose the status quo as our peoples yearn for stability and development and a new era of cooperation, he added.