UNITED NATIONS — The latest on the UN General Assembly:
Mexico has proposed that India and the Vatican lead a UN-backed dialogue to seek a peace treaty between Russia and Ukraine, an effort that has not been welcomed by Kyiv.
Mexico has condemned Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, but has also argued that sanctions against Moscow and arms shipments to Ukraine have only worsened the conflict.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard cited the UN Security Council on Thursday for failing to prevent the conflict and stop it.
“We cannot close the door to political dialogue or diplomatic negotiation,” Ebrard said. “Current international tensions will not be resolved by force.”
Mexico has said it will do whatever it takes to help organize the talks, but believes the UN and others should take the lead.
Even before the formal presentation at the UN on Thursday, Mexico’s proposal had been criticized by Ukraine.
Last week, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, accused Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of presenting a Russian plan and using the war for his own public relations.
“Is your plan to keep millions under occupation, increase the number of mass burials, and give Russia time to renew reserves before the next offensive?” Podolyak wrote.
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi says vaccine equity must remain a priority for developing countries as many have failed to meet World Health Organization targets for COVID-19 vaccines. 19.
“This underscores the urgent need to continue to promote vaccine equity through international solidarity, as well as address vaccine hesitancy by countering misinformation and raising awareness of the science regarding vaccine effectiveness and safety. ”, Masisi told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
The WHO had asked countries to fully vaccinate 70% of their population by mid-2022. While Masisi said Botswana has enough vaccine to vaccinate all eligible people, only 61% are fully vaccinated in the southern nation. from Africa.
Niger’s president warns that climate change is helping fuel Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region.
Mohamed Bazoum said prolonged droughts caused by global warming are “threatening the practice of pastoral farming” in West Africa. That is causing many young pastors to turn to extremist groups.
“The terrorism operating in the Sahel today is linked to the living conditions of certain communities where the environment has been significantly affected by climate change,” Bazoum told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
While thanking France, the United States and Germany for their help in fighting the insurgency, Niger’s leader also denounced the continuing lack of international funding.
Niger has seen dozens of deadly attacks on civilians over the past year near its border with Mali, where extremists have long been active. France recently moved its troops from Mali to Niger following deteriorating relations with Mali’s leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, who seized power in a coup two years ago.
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