After days of focusing on Ukraine, other concerns crop up at the UN

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UNITED NATIONS (UKTN) — After three days in which the war in Ukraine consumed world leaders at the United Nations, other conflicts and concerns are beginning to emerge.

Some have been simmering for a long time with global reach that have faded from the public eye of late. In a speech on Thursday, the Israeli prime minister called for the creation of a Palestinian state that would focus on that conflict. The Palestinian president will speak on Friday.

Others are regional conflicts that have flared up. Armenia’s prime minister warned that “the risk of new aggression by Azerbaijan remains very high” after the largest outbreak of hostilities between the two opponents in nearly two years. The ex-Soviet countries are embroiled in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but under the control of ethnic Armenian forces supported by Armenia since a separatist war ended there in 1994.

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Meanwhile, leaders from Iraq and Pakistan take the stage on Friday. Both nations are crucial to the geopolitical world order, but have received less global attention in recent years.

The annual meeting of leaders at the UN General Assembly provides an opportunity for every country to express its concerns and express its hopes. This year’s meeting has so far focused heavily on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing war, as countries have lamented how the conflict has disrupted geopolitical order, repeatedly raising the specter of nuclear disaster and creating food and energy crises. unleashed.

Russia and Ukraine faced each other in a Security Council meeting on Thursday — an extraordinary, if brief, meeting where the top diplomats from countries at war were in the same room, exchanging barbs and accusations, albeit not directly with each other.

At the meeting, the United States called on other countries to tell Russia to stop making nuclear threats and end “the horror” of its war. Moscow reiterated its frequent claims that Kiev has long suppressed Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine — one of the explanations given by Vladimir Putin’s government before the invasion.

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The Security Council meeting came a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who spoke to the assembled leaders via video, urged his troops to win the war and demanded stronger UN action. The General Assembly authorized Zelenskyy to leave his war-land so that he could appear remotely – a decision Russia opposed.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid delivered a speech aimed at the Palestinians in the auditorium.

The speech, ahead of the November 1 election, appeared to be part of an attempt by Lapid to portray himself — to voters and world leaders alike — as a statesman and moderate alternative to his main rival, hard-hitting former Prime Minister Benjamin. Netanyahu.

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“An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right choice for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” Lapid said.

But he had few details, and there’s virtually no chance that Lapid, who has long supported a two-state solution, will push through his vision. The Israeli parliament is dominated by parties opposing Palestinian independence, and opinion polls predict a similar outcome after the upcoming elections.

The Palestinians are seeking an independent state, a position that enjoys broad international support, in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — areas occupied by Israel in 1967.

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UK Time News journalists Andrew Katell in New York and Josef Federman in Jerusalem contributed to this report. For more UKTN coverage of the UN General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly

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