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Brazil condemns 'paralysis' on Gaza, Ukraine at tense G20 meeting

Published : Friday, 23 February, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 247

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 22:  Brazil criticized the "paralysis" of the UN Security Council on the wars in Gaza and Ukraine as it opened a G20 meeting Wednesday where the international communitys deep divisions were on display.

The outlook is bleak for progress on the thorny agenda of conflicts and crises gripping the planet as foreign ministers from the worlds biggest economies gather in Rio de Janeiro for the Group of 20s first high-level meeting of the year.

Opening the two-day meeting, which featured US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Brazils top diplomat, Mauro Vieira, said the explosion of global conflicts shows international institutions like the United Nations are not working.

"Multilateral institutions are not properly equipped to deal with the current challenges, as has been demonstrated by the Security Councils unacceptable paralysis on the ongoing conflicts" in Gaza and Ukraine, Vieira said, adding the situation was costing "innocent lives."

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell for his part warned multilateralism "is in crisis."

The Security Council has failed to act on Russias invasion of Ukraine, held in check by Russian veto power, and has struggled to find a response to the war in Gaza, with Israels ally the United States using its veto to block calls for a ceasefire, most recently Tuesday.    —AFP

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