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  • POLAND IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL

  • 30 May 2018

    During Tuesday’s briefing on Ukraine held in the UN Security Council, the chief of Polish diplomacy Jacek Czaputowicz reaffirmed Poland’s support for a proposed UN peacekeeping mission which would cover the whole Donbas territory, including the Russian-Ukrainian border, and thus effectively contribute to deescalating the conflict and support the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

    Minister Czaputowicz also called for appointing a special envoy for Ukraine. In his opinion, this would prove the UN’s real commitment to resolving the conflict in Donbas, and make it possible to reinvigorate the peace process.

     

     

    In his statement, Minister Czaputowicz pointed out that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict represents a key challenge to the European security system and a world order based on respect for international law. “Russia’s belligerent behaviour towards a sovereign state and the illegal annexation of Crimea are glaring examples of violations of the basic principles of international law,” stressed the minister.

     

    The Polish foreign policy chief also called attention to the systematic human rights violations in Crimea, and to humanitarian issues. “Humanitarian personnel must have access to the entire territory of Ukraine — including areas outside the Government’s control,” he said. The minister emphasized the important role international presence in Ukraine plays in stabilizing and monitoring the conflict.

     

    The meeting was an initiative of Poland, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The briefers included Ertuğrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine; Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. The briefing was also attended by Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, who talked about Russia accepting responsibility for bringing down the Malaysian aircraft MH17 over Ukraine.

     

    On the same day, Minister Czaputowicz met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Polish top diplomat reiterated Poland’s support for the European aspirations of Ukraine, and expressed his recognition for the Ukrainian government’s efforts to reform the country.

     

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