By Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin
Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin is India's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. Following are excerpts from his statement to the Security Council in an open debate on January 10 on 'Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace' in connection with the agenda item 'Maintenance of International Peace and Security'- an agenda that relates to one of the first purposes of the UN's charter and one which is listed in the first article.
UNITED NATIONS (IDN-INPS) - The wisdom of the age-old adage, "Prevention is better than Cure" is self-evident . . . Dag Hammarskjöld is said to have first introduced the term "preventive diplomacy" more than 50 years ago into the lexicon. Boutros Boutros-Ghali's "Agenda for Peace" unveiled in the 1990s comes to mind as another milestone in this saga.