An Iranian envoy to the UN has called on the global community to step up efforts to prevent the outbreak of wars and armed conflicts across the globe.
Javad Safaei, a member of the Iranian mission to the UN, made the call on Thursday during a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the prevention of armed conflicts.
The Iranian diplomat, who was speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), recalled the high financial and human costs of wars and armed clashes, saying conflict prevention should take priority.
He stressed that the international community should take measures to prevent wars rather than spending huge sums of money to deal with the ravages of war.
The NAM member states believe that efforts to stave off wars should conform to the UN Charter and respect countries’ national sovereignty, he said.
The best way to head off conflicts is to comply with Chapter VI of the UN Charter which concerns peaceful settlement of divisions, said the diplomat, adding that preventive measures should be multi-faceted and focus on the root causes of tension.
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted resolution 2171 on preventing conflicts. The 15-member body admitted that some of the tools set out in Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter have not been fully utilized.
Chapter VI deals with peaceful resolution of disputes.
By Press TV
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