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UN: Highest Geopolitical Tensions This Century

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his first address to the UN Press in 2020 (UN photo by Mark Garten, 06. January 2020)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his first address to the UN Press in 2020 (UN photo by Mark Garten, 06. January 2020)

(WEBPUBLICA) NEW YORK – UNITED NATIONS – While not mentioning in particular the most recent escalation in Persian Gulf, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Monday he has been following the recent rise in global tensions with great concern. He aded he is “in constant contact with leading officials around the world.” He didn’t mention any name of world leaders or other official that has talked or plan to talk with.

At the same time, Guterres pointed his  message “is simple and clear: Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint.Re-start dialogue.Renew international cooperation.”

People frustrated – UN Powerless

In has first address to the press in 2020 in front of the Security Council, UN Secretary General warned we are living in dangerous times and that the new year has already “begun with world in turmoil.” And UN chief said — the geopolitical tensions are “at their highest level this century.” The turbulence only is escalating with “even nuclear non-proliferation can no longer be taken for granted,” said UN Secretary General.

Pointing people’s frustration and anger in many parts of the world, with “increased social unrest and growing extremism, nationalism and radicalization, with a dangerous advance of terrorism, notably in Africa,” Guterres firmly stressed “this situation cannot go on.”

But it was not clear weather the UN chief has any plan how to break through this dangerous point of time. Instead, he offer more sobering words, again only in general terms.

“This cauldron of tensions is leading more and more countries to take unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences and a profound risk of miscalculation.” Guterres also pointed on “technological conflicts that fracture world markets, undermine growth and widen inequalities.”

Planet in fire

Mentioning the climate crisis again, he said  ”our planet is on fire. He didn’t point though on specifically on the summer fires of epic proportions that are going on in Australia.

It was not clear weather Guterres was thinking on those fires in Australia, or it was a metaphor for the overall global political turmoil.

No questions

The Secretary General adores was less then a two minutes long (watch him on Twitter – @antonioguterres), and he didn’t take any questions from UN reporters gathered in from of Security Council to listen him carefully.

Persian Gulf still a danger

On Wednesday spokesperson for the Secretary General said Mr. Guterres “will continue his active

Stephane Dujarric answering the question to the reporter (UN photo file WPP)

Stephane Dujarric answering the question to the reporter (UN photo file WPP)

engagement with relevant actors.”

The statement came hours after Iran retaliated against US military stations in Iraq for the killing of its general Qasam Soulemani.

While not mentioning any actors by name, UN chief said “it is our common duty to make every effort to avoid a war in the Gulf that the world cannot afford.” He added, the world “must not forget the terrible human suffering caused by war,” reminding that ordinary people pay the utmost and highest price.

When asked by Webpublicapress reporter would the Secretary General move toward actually identifying who could be the biggest threat of the world peace, and start naming, blaming and shaming the specific country, as others do spokesperson Stephane Dujarric only said, “I think you can answer that question for yourself.”

E. Avdovic (WP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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