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Mugabe: NATO states 'abusing' U.N.

Sept. 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, addressing the United Nations, said Wednesday the world body must not be "abused" by any member state.

"The United Nations must in future never allow itself to be abused by any member state or group of states that seeks to achieve parochial partisan goals," Mugabe said in his address to the second day of the 67th U.N. General Assembly's General Debate.

"The Charter of the United Nations clearly stipulates it as an international body that should work for the good of all the peoples of the world," he said.

Mugabe said countries belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were responsible for destabilizing Libya and Iraq under the "deceitful intervention under the sham cover" of the U.N. Charter's Chapter VII and the "phony principle" of the responsibility to protect.

"The increasing trend by the NATO states inspired by the arrogant belief that they are the most powerful among us, which has demonstrated itself through their recent resort to unilateralism and military hegemony in Libya, is the very antithesis of the basic principles of the United Nations," Mugabe said.

"In that case of Libya, the African Union and its peacemaking role was defied, ignored and humiliated. May we urge the international community to collectively nip this dangerous and unwelcome aggressive development before it festers?" Mugabe asked.

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