Reportedby Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 17:
“The issue of cross border firing along the India-Pakistan international border needs to sorted out between the two countries, the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for India and Bhutan Kiran Mehra Kerpalman today said while addressing a meeting in the Odisha capital.
“It’s only a dialogue between the two countries which can bring a settlement to the dispute. Our UN general secretary has also stressed upon this, ” said the UNIC director after addressing the three-day KIIT International Model United Nations, 2014 at KIIT University here.
It may be noted here that in a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had accused India of deliberate and unprovoked violations of the ceasefire agreement and cross-border firing over the past weeks. He had also sought the intervention of the UN.
Speaking on challenges before India and the world today, she said today there are many problems including border tension in Jammu & Kashmir, ebola, reconstruction of Gaza and Hudhud that hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and so on.
“The UN has not succeeded in ending war. But, people across the world need a break from cynicism. Without the UN, how would the world be dealing with the ebola threat and coordinating among the countries and continents? Who would be looking for future development goals? Who would be speaking of marginalised communities and individuals?” asked the UNIC director.
She said the role of UN has gone far beyond maintaining international peace and security. It has expanded into areas of development and protecting human rights – in fact almost everything that allows an individual to live with dignity.
She said the possibilities of change are immense in the modern age where technology has come as a huge help. For instance, people are acquiring more and more knowledge by using the internet, she pointed out.
“Knowledge is power and this power now lies with the youth. How does one use knowledge ? Different people choose different path. But one way you can all participate in the effort to create a better world is by being informed, awakened and questioning citizens.
She also urged the youth to use the opportunities that they have to help create a better world and a better tomorrow.
KIIT International Model United Nations is being organised by KIIT in association with UNIC. Delegates from different countries are taking part in it.
Well known journalist Rajat Sharma, who is also the chief editor of India TV news channel, is scheduled to address the delegates on Saturday.