UN Security Council calls for ‘peaceful solution’ for Ukraine | Russo-Ukrainian War

The first statement since the February 24 Russian invasion avoids the use of the words “war”, “invasion” or “conflict”.

The UN Security Council issued its first statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, supporting Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a “peaceful solution” to the crisis, but avoiding use of the words “war”, “invasion” or “conflict”.

Security Council statements are adopted by consensus. The short text adopted on Friday was drafted by Norway and Mexico.

“The Security Council expresses its deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine,” he said. “The Security Council recalls that all Member States are bound by the Charter of the United Nations to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.

“The Security Council expresses its strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General in the search for a peaceful solution,” read the statement, which also asks António Guterres to update the Council again “in due course”.

António Guterres, who last week met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Friday hailed the council’s support, saying he would “spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path of peace”.

Asked what led Russia, which is a permanent member of the Council and has a right of veto, to approve the latest text, a diplomat told the AFP news agency, on condition of anonymity, that ” all the good things are gone.”

The statement is the Security Council’s first show of unity since the February 24 invasion of Russia in what it called a “special military operation.”

Mexico’s ambassador to the UN, Juan Ramon de la Fuente, said the declaration was “a very first step, but it goes in the right direction”.

“It’s encouraging to see diplomacy taking its place in the council,” he said, adding that “quiet diplomacy is sometimes much more effective than when you have a lot of statements.”

Her Norwegian counterpart, Mona Juul, said it was “the first unanimous decision taken by the council after the start of this horrible war in Ukraine”.

“The needs and sufferings of the Ukrainian people require maximum effort from the United Nations, both from the Council, from the Secretary-General and from the United Nations system as such,” she said.

On February 25, Russia vetoed a resolution condemning the invasion and calling on Moscow to stand down. China, the United Arab Emirates and India also abstained in this vote.

The UN, tasked with ensuring world peace, has not yet established itself as a possible mediator for a peaceful resolution of the war and instead works in a primarily humanitarian role.

During Guterres’ trip last week to Russia and Ukraine – his first since the start of the war – he managed to drum up support for the evacuations of several hundred civilians from Mariupol, the besieged southern Ukrainian city. by Russian troops for weeks.

More evacuations are expected on Saturday.

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly, where no country has the right to veto, overwhelmingly passed several resolutions condemning Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine” and demanding that troops Russians stop fighting and withdraw. He also voted last month to suspend Russia from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council over allegations of horrific rights abuses by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

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