UN Security Council ‘worried’ about Ukraine | War in Ukraine

Written by Norway and Mexico, the declaration does not go so far as to expressly support mediation by Antonio Guterres, who offered his good offices for this, as provided for in a first version of the text negotiated since Thursday.

The text also indicates that the Security Council recalls that all Member States have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.

Asked what led Russia, which has blocked the Security Council since February, to approve this text, a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity replied to AFP: The important thing has been removed.

The statement, however, represents the first demonstration of unity from the Security Council since the start of the war. At the end of February, Moscow had vetoed a resolution calling on Russia to repatriate its army to Russian soil.

Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukrainewelcomed in a press release the head of the UN. The world must unite to silence the guns and uphold the values ​​of the UN Charter and I will continue to spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path to peaceadded Antonio Guterres.

According to the Mexican ambassador to the UN, Juan Ramon de la Fuente, this very first initial step […] point in the right direction. It is encouraging to see that diplomacy is taking its place in the Councilhe said, also pointing out, with regard to peace efforts, that quiet diplomacy is sometimes much more effective than a lot of declarations.

This is the first unanimous decision taken by the Council since the beginning of this horrible war in Ukrainealso welcomed his Norwegian counterpart, Mona Juul. The needs and sufferings of the Ukrainian people require the maximum effort of the United Nations, both of the Council and of the Secretary-General and of the United Nations system as suchshe added.

Very short, the adopted text indicates that the Security Council expresses its deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine. The 15 members of the Board also recall that all Member States have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.

A primarily humanitarian role

Marginalized since the start of the conflict, the UN, whose mission is to guarantee peace in the world, has not yet imposed itself as a possible mediator for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. It intervenes in Ukraine and in neighboring countries in a role which until now has been mainly humanitarian.

Antonio Guterres went recently, and for the first time since the beginning of the conflict, to Russia and Ukraine, a double visit which enabled him to obtain the evacuations of several hundred civilians from the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

The UN announced Friday that its chief will return Monday and Tuesday to the region and that he will visit Moldova, which hosts nearly half a million Ukrainian refugees. During his stay, he will visit a refugee center run with the assistance of the United Nations for the benefit in particular of women, children and young people.

Since mid-April, the UN has been trying to create a humanitarian contact group which would bring together around the same table Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations. To no avail so far. We continue to explore ways to bring parties to conflict together in a sustainable and cohesive format for discuss humanitarian issues through a humanitarian contact groupUN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Friday.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths will visit Turkey on Monday to discuss this issue with the Turkish authorities, he added. Turkey brought together Ukrainian and Russian negotiators in March and the UN until recently hoped that this country could host the humanitarian contact group that she is trying to create.


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