“The State of Kuwait reaffirms the need to reform the Security Council to reflect the new international reality, and guarantee the rights of Arab and Islamic States in being represented in conformity with their size, their contributions, and their role in advocating the objectives and the principles of the Charter,” the Prime Minister said at the Assembly’s General Debate, which started on Tuesday.Enlargement of the 15-member Council has been an ongoing concern of many countries over the years with various states and regions seeking permanent representation.The Prime Minister also reaffirmed Kuwait’s commitment to international efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, where over 18,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their home since an uprising against the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad erupted 18 months ago.He called on the international community to provide more humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people both inside and outside their country.The Kuwaiti leader also appealed to Iran to cooperate with international efforts to reach a political settlement on its nuclear programme and dispel doubts surrounding its goals and purpose.Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is aimed at producing nuclear weapons – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT).The Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, last week said that Iran is not providing the cooperation needed to provide credible assurance to conclude that all nuclear material is for peaceful activities.The Kuwaiti Prime Minister also denounced Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories as a testament to the inability of the international community to end the plight of the Palestinians, citing Israeli settlement activities and other “gross violations of international; conventions and norms.”Scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.
ROB FORD IS having a tough week.Just days after the Toronto mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine, a new video was sent to a Canadian newspaper which shows the politician in a frantic rage, talking about wanting to “kill” and “murder” someone.The video, which looks to have been recorded secretly, appears to show Ford saying “I need f**king 10 minutes to make sure that he’s dead” and talking how he wants to “rip [someone’s] f**king throat out”. It is not clear who he is talking about in the clip.After the Toronto Star posted the video online, the newspaper reports that Ford apologised and said he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” when the video was taken”.“All I can say is, again, I’ve made mistakes,” the mayor said. “I hope none of you have ever or will ever be in that state”.(Video: SeaLightNews/YouTube)Despite the increasing controversy about his personal life, Ford’s popularity rating remains high: a poll taken this week found that his approval rating has risen by 5 percentage points to 44 per cent.On Tuesday he publicly admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine “probably in one of my drunken stupors” after police in Toronto said they had a video which allegedly showed him taking the drug.Ford has repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation.Read: ‘Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict? No.’ – Toronto Mayor >Read: Toronto police say they have video of ‘Mayor with crack pipe’ > Read: Mayor of Toronto beats Hulk Hogan at arm wrestling >