Ban Ki-moon calls for de-escalation of tension at LOC
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The strong expressions of support were made by Ministers and Permanent Representatives of the Security Council and UN Member States in the open debate entitled "A Comprehensive Approach to Counter-terrorism" convened by Pakistan in its capacity as President of the Security Council. Fifty-two countries, including Council members, made statements.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who traveled from Islamabad to New York to preside over a United Nations Security Council Special Session on Counter-terrorism, spent a busy day on Tuesday.
In addition to chairing the Security Council Session, she hosted a working lunch of the members of the Security Council with UN Secretary General BAN Ki-moon. She also met with Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly.
The Foreign Minister had bilateral meetings with Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, British Senior Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai of China, and United States Permanent Representative to the UN Ms Susan Rice.
In the evening, the Foreign Minister spoke to a select gathering of opinion leaders at the prestigious Asia Society of New York on the "Democratic Journey of Pakistan".
Speaking at the Security Council, Pakistan's Foreign Minister said that no partial or uni-dimensional approach can address the evolving sinister threat of terrorism. That is why Pakistan has been pursuing a comprehensive approach consisting of 3Ds: deterrence, development and dialogue.
Besides applauding the Foreign Minister's statement, Members of the Council expressed condolences over the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and praised Pakistan's resilience in the face of this threat. Several speakers cited the courage of Malala Yousafzai.
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