simbarashe mumbengegwi 14-04-11.jpgForeign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has implored United Nations member states to speak out and condemn the use of economic coercion such as sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy by the big powers.

The 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly opened in New York two days ago.

Minister Mumbengegwi who was speaking to ZBC News in Harare, said the use of such ruthless tactics by big powers is illegal under international law.

Two years ago, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution outlawing the use of economic coercion by big powers.

However, the big powers have continued violating the resolution.

Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe would want to see members of the United Nations General Assembly putting pressure on those big powers that have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe and Cuba to abide by the resolution.

Minister Mumbengegwi also pointed out that the reform of the United Nations especially the Security Council has become an issue of priority due to the manner in which some of the big powers are violating and abusing the organ and other bodies of the United Nations.

Cde Mumbengegwi said, “It is imperative for every effort to be made for the democratisation of the Security Council if it is to retain its relevance and legitimacy.”

He cited the case of Libya where the NATO forces have violated UN Resolution 1973 imposing a no-fly zone over Libya and forbidding the deployment of any foreign ground forces in the oil-rich north African nation.

Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe would also want to see the strengthening of the general assembly by empowering it to overrule some of the decisions of the Security Council which only has 15 members as opposed to its 193.

On the issues of Palestine which is seeking membership of the United Nations and Western Sahara which is seeking independence from Morocco, Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe will support the two resolutions.

The general assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.