SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT UNITED NATIONS - A committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the right of peoples to self-determination and called for cessation of foreign military intervention, occupation and repression. Diplomats said the resolution, which was approved by consensus, serves to focus the world attention on struggle by peoples for their inalienable right to self-determination, including those in Kashmir and Palestine. Pakistan has been tabling this draft in the 193-member Assemblys Third Committee since 1981. The text sponsored by a record number of 70 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin Americawill come up for endorsement in the General Assembly next month. The resolution reaffirms the universal rights of people to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter and international covenants on human rights. By the text, the Assembly reaffirmed that the universal realisation of the right of all peoples including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination to self-determination is a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee, observance, preservation and promotion of human rights. The Assembly also declared its firm Opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, since those have resulted in the suppression of the right of peoples to self-determination and other human rights in certain parts of the world. It also called on those States responsible to cease immediately their military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories, as well as all acts of repression, discrimination, exploitation and maltreatment. By further terms, the Assembly deplored the plight of millions of refugees and displaced persons who have been uprooted as a result of these acts and reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and honour. It also requested the Human Rights Council to give special attention to the violation of human rights, especially the right to self-determination, resulting from foreign military intervention, aggression or occupation. It also requests the Secretary-General to report to the next Session of the General Assembly on this question. Introducing the draft, Raza Bashir Tarar, acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan, highlighted the importance of this rights that enjoys primacy in international law as well as is the cornerstone of the UN Charter and two international Covenants. He also thanked the growing number of co-sponsors that reflected the continuing importance this fundamental right enjoys among the comity of nations. Kashmir Resolution: Earlier, speaking in the UN General Assembly on the annual report of the Security Council, Tarar, the Pakistani representative, called on the 15-member body to move towards addressing Kashmir and other long-standing disputes on its agenda through greater recourse to mediation and pacific settlement as provided in the UN Charter. 'Unresolved disputes breed discontent and any unforeseen spark can ignite violent conflicts, Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistans acting permanent representative, warned the 193-member Assembly. He said the Security Council had shown varying degrees of effectiveness in dealing with different stages of conflict. Indeed, while the Council had been effective laying down peacekeeping mandates and helping to keep post-conflict countries from relapsing into war, its efforts to prevent conflicts had elicited considerable criticism. 'Major unresolved issues, including the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, are on the agenda of the Security Council for decades - awaiting settlement, the Pakistan representative pointed out. 'Preventive strategies to address long-standing disputes should entail greater recourse to mediation and pacific settlement under chapter six (VI) of the UN Charter, with a view to addressing root causes of the conflict, he added. 'Security Councils greater reliance on preventive diplomacy will augur well for international peace and security, he said.