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12:00 AM, October 13, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 13, 2017

Reform the UN

Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations has played an important role in bringing an end to a number of conflicts. However, its noble goal of maintaining world peace and security has come into question because it did not undergo the required reforms in a changed political environment. 

Recently, a resolution in the Security Council against Myanmar, which has unleashed a vicious military campaign against the Rohingya minority, was vetoed by Russia and China, two close allies of Myanmar. The veto has emboldened Myanmar to carry on its heinous offensive. 

This can no longer continue. Either the veto system has to be abolished, or the General Assembly's two-third majority should be given the power to overturn the decision of the Security Council. Otherwise, the UN risks losing its credibility—turning into a dysfunctional organisation. 

Md Sadequr Rahman, By email

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