The war in Ukraine proves that the Security Council is “paralyzed by a veto”

Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, represented his country at the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday with a brief speech in which he called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council after the Council failed to prevent the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The Security Council has been unable to fulfill the mandate given to it by the Charter of the United Nations, for it has failed to prevent war, nor to take measures to end the aggression army, and even less, has succeeded in pushing through any diplomatic process to seek a solution through dialogue and negotiation,” the minister said while affirming that his country will continue to advocate for reforms of the Security Council of UN which allow more seats with longer durations.

Mexico, which is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, has denounced the UN body as being crippled by the right of veto of its permanent members, which allows any of them to block any resolution or decision regardless of the majority opinion within the Council. . Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, used its veto in February to block a UN Security Council resolution that demanded an immediate end to their invasion of Ukraine.

China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France are the other four permanent members who enjoy veto power over the legal body.

“The paralysis of the Security Council is the result of the abuse of the so-called right of veto by some of its permanent members,” Ebrard said, adding that Mexico, alongside France, continued to promote that the permanent members of the Security Council refrain from using the right of veto.

Ebrard mentioned a Russian-Ukrainian peace proposal by far-left Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Proposal, present at the United Nations before the Mexican representative’s speech, “implies the creation of a group of heads of state and government” to seek a peaceful solution to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine through dialogue and negotiation .

The proposed caucus, Ebrard suggested, should include UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis.

The Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs continued his speech by calling for nuclear disarmament.

“Mexico regrets the lack of political will – especially on the part of nuclear-weapon states – to reach agreements to achieve this goal,” he said.

Ebrard concluded his speech by reaffirming that the United Nations must continue to be a tool of the international community for the peaceful resolution of controversies. “We cannot close the door to political dialogue and diplomatic negotiation. Current international tensions will not be resolved by force,” he said.

The Mexican representative concluded his speech by calling on all UN member states to “work together to achieve the peace we all aspire to”.
Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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