MPs:Solve Iraq problem through UN

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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2003


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KUALA LUMPUR: The 11th Asia PacificParliamentary Forum annual meeting hasadopted a resolution on Iraq conflict that the matter should be resolved through international co-ordination and peaceful dialogues under the United Nations framework. 

APPF president Yushiro Nakasone said: ”The Iraq conflict is still developing as we talk now. What we discuss during the meeting is that this issue should be solved through discussion and dialogues through the UN framework hopefully with verification that can produce some proof.” 

The resolution, which was submitted by Canada and Indonesia, was among 14 others, which were outlined in a Joint Communique approved at the meeting,which concluded yesterday. 

The meeting,attended by more than 100parliamentarians from 24 member countries,adopted a resolution on the denuclearisation of the North Korea submitted by Japan and Korea, to closely monitor efforts by various countries to negotiate with North Korea and scrutinise its reaction. 

“I believe international co-operationshould be further enhanced so that we canmove toward the direction of materialisingdenuclearisation of North Korea,'' he said. 

He said North Korea had alleged that itswithdrawal from the non-proliferationtreaty (NPT)had taken effect but many countries had questioned whether the withdrawal had taken effect. 

“I believe that it will take three months forregulations to be passed before NorthKorea ’s declaration (to pull out of the NPT)comes into force,” he said, adding that manyefforts were being made to urge North Koreato reverse it decision. 

He said the forum also endorsed a resolution on terrorism,which was submitted by Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Japan,Mexicoand the Philippines, reaffirming its conclusion at a meeting in Honolulu that there must be international co-operation to eradicate acts of terrorism. 

“There must also be exchange of information to check and stop the financing of terrorism,” he added. 

Nakasone, President of Malaysian SenateTan Sri Michael Chen Wing Sum and member countries’ heads of delegation signed theJoint Communique. 

The meeting highlighted four main topicsnamely politics and security, economy andinvestment, co-operation and transnationalissues and Asia Pacific Co-operation. 

It also approved the executive committee ’s recommendation on the appointment of China as the host for the 12th annual meeting of APPF in January next year. 

On a proposal by Malaysia that APPF ’s status should be elevated from a forum to a caucus to give it more power, Nakasone said: “The proposal would be useful as it had been our challenge to extend our influence on various countries’ governments and international organisations such as Apec.'' 

The proposal was conveyed by Malaysia'shead of delegation Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who said APPF lacked political will to implement consensus reached during itsmeetings. 

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