Cambodia stresses need to strengthen multilateralism mechanisms

Hun Sen stressed the importance of strengthening multilateralism and rules-based international cooperation.

“Our world still faces a myriad of other pressing challenges such as geopolitical competition and rivalries between great powers, technological and trade wars, territorial armed conflicts, terrorism and transnational crimes, and climate change. . The pressure on international peace and security is greater than ever, ”the Cambodian Prime Minister said in his address to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (76th UNGA) from Phnom Penh, by videoconference, the September 25.

History has told us time and time again that interference and worse, military options to impose different governance systems are not the solutions, he added, stressing that far from it, they did. that lead to much more death, human suffering and misery, social and economic troubles.

“Cambodia is a real life example and has seen the worst tragedy; and unfortunately we are now seeing the repetition of the same policies. If the recent events in Afghanistan, and many others before it, are lessons to be learned, there is great merit in respecting the wishes of each nation and the rights of their people to self-determination, ”he said. he declares.

“That is why there is now a compelling reason to strengthen multilateralism and rules-based international cooperation. Countries, large and small, differ in their history, culture, traditions, fashions and political organization. They should not be hampered by the imposition of unilateral sanctions, embargoes or other coercive economic measures that violate international law and the very principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, ”said Hun Sen.

The Prime Minister also told the 76th UNGA that the theme of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM13) to be hosted by Cambodia will focus on strengthening multilateralism.

“Next November, Cambodia is proud to virtually host the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM13) with a theme“ Strengthening multilateralism for shared growth ”that we consider today as still very important.

“In my opinion, the main agenda that must dominate the Summit should be that multilateralism gives priority to convergences: a convergence on the fight against COVID-19 and to rebuild a stronger society and economy; convergence on the fight against climate change and on the main WTO reform proposals, among others, ”he said.

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