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President Vazquez Addresses the UN Plenary Meeting

Uruguay's president reaffirms his adherence and unconditional respect for International Law and the UN Charter

Posted: September 16, 2005

Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay, addresses the High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixtieth Session of the UN General Assembly (2005 World Summit), September 15, 2005, at UN Headquarters. The World Summit, held from 14-16 September 2005, is the largest gathering of world leaders in history. (UN Photo by Joshua Kristal)
Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay, addresses the High-level Plenary Meeting of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly (2005 World Summit), September 15, 2005, at UN Headquarters. The World Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders in history, was held from 14-16 September 2005. (UN Photo by Joshua Kristal)

In a brief address to the United Nations Plenary in the General Assembly Hall on September 15, 2005, the President of Uruguay, Tabare Vazquez said that his country reaffirms its adherence and unconditional respect for International Law and the United Nations Charter, as well as its support for peace and international security based on justice and the rule of law.

With this in mind, President Vazquez recalled the necessity to promote social progress and to raise the standard of living within a broader framework of freedom, affirming that “without individual welfare and society-wide progress, the idea of liberty is unacceptably diminished, and peace and security are put in jeopardy due to a lack of social guarantees

“There is no freedom in poverty, poverty is not only ethically unacceptable, it also puts domestic democracy and international peace at risk,” said Vazquez, adding emphatically that “because of this, the struggle against individual poverty, poverty of the peoples and of nations has to be a national and international priority. A priority that should express itself with initiatives and concrete and immediate actions, because the people of the world cannot wait.”

President Vazquez announced Uruguay’s support for increasing the number of members of the Security Council, declaring that Uruguay always questioned the existence of the veto, and although conditions do not exist for its elimination, “our country affirms –consistent with our historical position- that it does not support the broadening of that which has always considered an injustice and, therefore, it does not agree with the resulting new members of the Council having this right to veto.

In the second half of his speech, Vazquez said that he supports the creation of a Human Rights Council as a main body of the United Nations, comprised of by member states designated by the General Assembly.

The complete transcript of President Vazquez's address, available in Spanish.

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