Ban Ki-moon

There’s some misperception that UN Secretary-General or United Nations organization is a neutral body. It can not be a neutral body in a sense, it is an impartial body.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Impressed by parade, China’s huge contribution

    CCTV News

    https://youtu.be/pCzpLenHLFU

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to CCTV about his feelings regarding China’s V-Day parade. He said he was deeply impressed by the celebration, and has fully recognized China’s contributions during the WWII.

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    China on Thursday held a massive military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was invited and attended the parade.

    A day after the parade, Ban had an exclusive interview with CCTV. The Secretary-General talk about the impression the event had on him.

    “What impressed me most yesterday was to be with and see so many veterans sitting in the car as well as watching their former comrades participating with full of medals with their achievements. They maybe getting older, but I found that their spirit was still very strong. And their contribution and their sacrifice should never be forgotten,” said Ban.

    When Ban decided to attend China’s Victory Day parade, the Japanese government had handed an opinion paper to the United Nation’s headquarters to criticize Ban’s decision as a hasty action and required Ban to remain neutral on the commemoration of historical events.

    In response to the criticism, Ban reiterated that China’s contribution and sacrifices in the fight against fascism in the second world war should be recognized and appreciated by the world.

    “I have taken a lot of that kind of concern expressed by certain member states. I made it quiet clear publicly that it is important to learn from the past. If you do not learn correctly from the past, it will be difficult to move ahead to the right direction. So learning from the past and also looking for a better future, that is the main purpose of my visit to China this time. There’s some misperception that UN Secretary-General or the United Nations organization is a neutral body. It can not be a neutral body in a sense, it is an impartial body,” Ban said.

    “While sitting and watching this military parade yesterday, together with President Xi Jinping and many leaders of the countries, I was so deeply impressed by the magnificent event. It was an extraordinary demonstration of potential and commitment of the Chinese people and government. Of course it is important to commemorate the end of the second World War, and I have fully recognized such contributions and sacrifices of the Chinese people during the second World War,” he said.

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  2. shinichi Post author

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    The principles of neutrality and impartiality had traditionally been regarded as essential for the UN organizations. So when I joined the UN, the idea that the UN should be neutral and impartial, was strongly emphasized.

    Today, the UN website says that the UN should be impartial in their dealings with the parties to the conflict, but not neutral in the execution of their mandate and neutrality is no longer there.

    The ideals of Dag Hammarskjold has disappeared from the UN therefore it is normal that the Dag Hammarskjold Library is disappearing.

    Everything is changing – the UN is not an exception.

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