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Indian PM calls on nations to address regional economic slowdown, terrorism

09-21-2011 14:58 BJT

NEW DELHI, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called upon all nations to address economic slowdown, terrorism and unrest in West Asia and North Africa.

In a statement before leaving for New York to attend the 66th session of UN General Assembly, Singh said, "More than ever before, it is imperative for all countries to act in concert to address these challenges. This is the time for United Nations to resume its global leadership role."

"The UN General Assembly is meeting this year at a time when the world is faced with multiple challenges. The global economy is in the midst of an economic slowdown coupled with all its attendant problems, including inflationary pressures," the prime minister said.

"West Asia, North Africa and Gulf regions have seen major upheavals and there is uncertainty about the shape of things to come in this crucial part of the world in the period ahead. The Palestine question remains unresolved," he said.

He also said terrorism and non-traditional threats to international security, such as piracy, were threatening states and the international political and social order.

Singh said India as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council had been playing a "enriching" role in the council's deliberations and had "enhanced its effectiveness".

"The United Nations must be seen as an impartial, credible and effective body. I will stress the need for early reform of this unique organization, particularly an expansion of its Security Council," he added.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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