Distinguished Mr. Chairman,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
There is growing evidence of the contradiction between the need for collective, cooperative efforts to provide adequate responses to challenges common to all, and the aspirations of a number of countries for domination and the revival of archaic bloc thinking based on military drill discipline and the erroneous logic of “friend or foe.”
I call upon our Security Council colleagues not to make the Security Council meeting into a farce, and to stop the frenzied hysteria.
We listened carefully to the briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for UN Political Affairs Mr Toyberg-Frandzen. We appreciate the information provided by Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Mr Ertugrul Apakan, and Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ms Heidi Tagliavini.
Thank you, Mr Chairman,
I do not wish to engage in debates with the representative of Ukraine, but would nevertheless like to focus on just a few matters. I have already mentioned, and I reiterate, that a ceasefire and returning the situation to normalcy are our primary goals. This is something you have to believe in, and something you must strive for. Therefore, Mr Sergeyev, when we hear the statements that your representatives made in late October and early November, and recently, too, we have no confidence in Kiev being committed to a political and diplomatic solution to this conflict.
The reform of the UN Security Council is one of the most important issues on the agenda of this world organization since it deals with the body which under the UN Charter bears the main responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. The efficiency of its work and the UN on the whole, and the architecture of international security will depend much on the final result of the reform of the Security Council.
At the outset, I would like to welcome the recent Secretary-General's report on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and other organizations, which provides us with an insight into the latest developments in this important area of the UN activities.