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Being superpower isn’t a privilege: Amir

Being superpower isn’t a privilege: Amir

Tribune News Network
Doha
The superpowers of the world must understand that their power is not just a privilege but comes with certain duties and the foremost of that comes with commitment to rule of international law and its implementation, the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has said.
He was addressing the 140th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union being held in Doha on its opening day on Saturday.
The leaders of global superpowers should not get dragged into politics of force, he said, noting that world leaders should realise the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding on the basis of respect for international law.
“The alternative is enduring disputes and permanent conflicts, and continuing struggle of the oppressed, which is rife with sacrifices for justice where injustice and occupation prevail,” he said.
Relations between countries are worsening because of the receding role of international law, he said, adding that there was an increasing tendency at the global level towards giving priority to the supremacy of power over the rule of law.
The Amir said this tendency was providing an international cover to those who perpetrate aggression against others, human rights violators and those who annex the territories of others by force.
“An example of this is the recognition of the de facto annexation of Jerusalem and the official annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel by a major superpower,” he said.
The Amir also commended the selection of the ongoing IPU’s theme, saying it addresses certain issues that are at the centre of human plight.
The 140th assembly of the IPU has “Parliaments as platforms for promoting education for peace, security and the rule of law” as its focal point of
discussions.