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Published Date: Saturday 17 February 2018 - 11:36:09
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UN chief calls for unity in the face of escalating conflict

UN chief calls for unity in the face of escalating conflict
World  - His grandfather diagnosed the problems of the world as the lost respect between the generations and as Antonio Guterres spoke on Friday he drew the same parallel with deteriorating relationships between nation states.

Speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference, the UN Secretary General used a keynote address to tell military leaders and policy makers that rediscovering a respect-based unity of purpose was now the only route to avoid a serious conflagration.

Mr Guterres has led the organisation for less than 14 months but in that time he believes the threat to global security has utterly changed.

First there is a nuclear showdown playing out between North Korea and the US that can only be resolved by denuclearisation of the peninsula. In the serene surroundings of the grandest hotel in Munich, Mr Guterres recalled his trip to the Winter Olympic Games at which the North Koreans travelled at the invitation of their southern hosts.

The images, he said, were a sideshow when the bigger issue of a nuclear strike was both real and close.

Next the veteran Portuguese official ranked the crisis in the Middle East in just as grave terms, bringing in the diagnosis his grandfather would have recognised.

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Published Date: Saturday 17 February 2018 - 11:36:09
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