Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Int’l Community Should Not Take European Peace for Granted: Guterres

Int’l Community Should Not Take  European Peace for Granted: Guterres

UNITED NATIONS - The international community should not take peace and prosperity in Europe for granted, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said here Tuesday, warning that recent crises in Europe show that the continent remains at risk from new outbreaks of conflict.
The secretary-general, while speaking at an open debate of the UN Security Council on conflict in Europe, said that such conflicts are not only a tragedy for those directly involved, but they are also reversing development gains and preventing communities and societies from achieving their full potential and contributing to regional and global prosperity.
The international community should not take European peace and prosperity for granted, the secretary-general warned, stressing that the transition towards a multipolar world is creating greater unpredictability and risk.
Referencing the situations in Cyprus, the Balkans, Ukraine as well as other areas, the secretary-general highlighted that no single factor can be blamed for the emergence and continuation of conflicts in Europe.
He noted that in many cases, peace agreements are simply not being implemented.
"Whatever the causes may be, the inability of regional and international institutions, including our own, to prevent and resolve conflicts is seriously undermining their credibility and making it more difficult for them to succeed in future," Guterres said. (Xinhua)