S'pore strongly condemns North Korea's missile, nuclear tests: Vivian

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

•Singapore strongly condemns North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, and calls on it to avoid further provocative actions, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan.

Conflicts have remained and new ones have emerged, he said yesterday at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In Myanmar's Rakhine state, a humanitarian disaster has occurred in the wake of a terrorist attack and related acts of violence, he said.

He visited Naypyitaw last week and had "a frank discussion" with de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, he noted.

"Asean supports Myanmar seeking a long-term solution to restore stability. Singapore will work with Asean and Myanmar to extend humanitarian assistance to all affected communities," he said.

In his speech, he also spoke about the importance of multilateralism, an open global economy, and inclusive economic growth.

Dr Balakrishnan said a universal, rules-based multilateral system is essential to solving the complex challenges facing the world.

"No nation can solve transboundary problems alone. We need to work with each other to build consensus and find solutions to global problems.

"The United Nations plays a critical role, as a platform for cooperation, based on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and international law."

He said an open global architecture is essential for growth and sustainable development.

Inclusive economic growth is a prerequisite to building resilient societies, he added.

"The challenge for every government is to generate higher growth and create more jobs while ensuring that no one is left behind."

Dr Balakrishnan hosted the 10th Global Governance Group (3G) Ministerial Meeting over breakfast on Friday. The meeting of the informal coalition of United Nations member states was attended by the foreign ministers of several countries.

They discussed global developments with a Group of 20 troika comprising China, Germany and Argentina - the previous, present and incoming presidents of the G-20, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 24, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore strongly condemns North Korea's missile, nuclear tests: Vivian'. Print Edition | Subscribe