UN Calls for Peace Between US , Iran
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United States and Iran should exercise maximum restraint, restart dialogue, renew International cooperation.
Guterres made the call as the U.S and Iran spoil for war over the killing of top Iranian Army General, Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. strike in Iraq on Friday.
Addressing UN correspondents in New York, Guterres said the New Year had begun with the world on turmoil, urging all parties to stop escalating tensions, ``exercise maximum restraint and restart dialogue.’’
``I have been following the recent rise in global tensions with great concern. I am in constant contact with leading officials around the world.
``And my message is simple and clear: stop escalation, exercise maximum restraint, restart dialogue, renew International cooperation.
``Let us not forget the terrible human suffering caused by war. As always ordinary people pay the highest price. It is our common duty to avoid it.”
He said that growing tensions were pushing countries into taking ``unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences and the profound risk of miscalculation’’.
The UN Chief, who did not mention any country, said ``geopolitical tensions are at their highest level this century and turbulence escalating’’.
He emphasised that nuclear nonproliferation could no longer be taken for granted.
Noting that the world was on fire, he said, trade and technological conflicts were threatening world markets, weakening growth and worsening inequalities.
``And all the while our planet is on fire, the climate crisis rages on. In many parts of the world, we see people frustrated and angry.
``We see increased social unrest and growing extremism, nationalism and radicalisation with the dangerous advance of terrorism notably in Africa. This situation cannot go on.” (NAN)