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Why Modi should have visited Bangladesh first

Why Modi should have visited Bangladesh first

Prime Minister Modi has lost no time in making overtures to neighbours. Beginning with Bhutan, his second trip was to Nepal, the third may be Sri Lanka. Bangladesh is India's most important neighbour by all considerations -- security, cross-border migration, sharing of common resources. Yet, the Indian prime minister's first meeting with Sheikh...

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court. His speech brought strong condemnation...

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine's prime minister has urged the West not to lift sanctions on Russia until his country regains control of all its territory. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the UN General Assembly that Russian troops were still operating in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, US President Barack Obama said  sanctions could be lifted if Russia supported a ceasefire between Ukraine...

'No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting on sidelines of UN assembly'

'No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting on sidelines of UN assembly'

There are "no plans" for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Indian External Affairs Ministry told NDTV, a New Delhi-based news channel, yesterday. As part of "neighbours first" policy, PM Modi is scheduled to...

PM reaches New York to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who reached New York yesterday to attend the 69th UN General Assembly will participate in the crucial Climate Summit at the UN headquarters today. Hasina is expected to highlight the progress over the enhancement of adaptation capacity of Bangladesh as one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change to the world community in the summit. She will also talk about other important issues – required funds, technology and capacity building. The much-anticipated summit, to be hosted by...

GROUND REALITIES

Our UN experience . . .

FORTY years ago, the People's Republic of Bangladesh made its entry into the United Nations as its newest member-state. The event was not only a reaffirmation of the country's determination to play an active role in the international community as a sovereign nation but also an acknowledgement by the global body  that the aspirations of seventy five million people, as Bangladesh's population was at the time, could not be ignored. Bangladesh's arrival at the UN was not a sudden event....

Sharif writes to Modi, says 'much satisfied' with meeting

Sharif writes to Modi, says 'much satisfied' with meeting

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit a home run by inviting Saarc leaders for his swearing-in and if more evidence were required to prove it, it has come from none other than Modi's Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Setting aside speculation in Pakistan that he wasn't entirely pleased with his India visit, Sharif has written...

Bangladesh should take a stand on Crimea

BANGLADESH'S rationale for abstaining from voting in the March 27 UN General Assembly resolution against “any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” is that Bangladesh does not like country-specific resolutions. That begs the question: if a UN resolution called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in the 1967 war, would Bangladesh abstain because the resolution is country-specific? The Soviet Union played a pivotal role in the creation of...

UN declares Crimea vote illegal

UN declares Crimea vote illegal

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution describing the Moscow-backed referendum that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea as illegal. It comes after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to a loan deal with Ukraine worth $14-18bn. The US Congress also passed legislation on Thursday backing a $1bn loan guarantee for Ukraine. Tensions are high...

Ukraine predicts 'yes' vote in UN on its unity

Ukraine predicts 'yes' vote in UN on its unity

Ukraine is predicting that the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution Thursday reaffirming the country's territorial integrity and calling the referendum that led to Russia's annexation of its Crimean Peninsula illegal. Ukraine's UN Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that the resolution has "several dozen" co-sponsors and...

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