In first unanimous statement since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UNSC expresses deep concern


The United Nations Security Council, of which permanent member Russia is a member, on Friday adopted a presidential statement that “expresses its deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”, the first unanimous statement on the war more than two months after the Russian invasion.

The 15-nation UN Security Council, under the current monthly presidency of the United States, unanimously adopted the brief presidential statement.

In the statement, the Council “expresses its deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”. The powerful Security Council also expresses its strong support for the efforts of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the search for a peaceful solution.

António Guterres briefed the Council on Thursday on his recent visit to Russia and Ukraine, where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President on April 26 and 28, respectively.

“Throughout my travels, I didn’t mince words. I said the same thing in Moscow as in kyiv… namely: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of its territorial integrity and of the Charter of the United Nations. This must stop for the good of the people of Ukraine, Russia and the whole world,” said António Guterres.

The presidential statement recalls that all Member States have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.

The Security Council requests the Secretary-General to brief it in due time after the adoption of this statement.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)


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