UNGA should play leading role in int’l relations — Egypt envoy to UN
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon - REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

NEW YORK : Egypt has stressed the need for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to play a leading role in international relations at the political, economic and social levels.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) continues to encroach on UNGA powers by addressing files that have nothing to do with world peace and security, said Mo’taz Khalil, Egypt’s permanent envoy to the international organization, Wednesday.

He told the Open Working Group (OWG) of UNGA that that violates the UN Charter.

Delivering Egypt’s speech to the group, Hendawi stressed the need to bolster ties among the different UN departments to have a balanced, integral relationship that would help achieve goals of the international organization.

He said that the failure to effectively implement UNGA resolutions is one of the major challenges that raise many question marks about its role and credibility.

What is needed now is an executive power by which UNGA can implement its resolutions aside from selectivity and politics, Khalil said.

Egypt was the president of the previous OWG of UNGA.

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