Fighting in Ukraine must endhammered the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres.
It has to stop now, he said. Enough is enough. The soldiers must return to their barracks.
The UN chief also urged the leaders involved to
go to peace.
The weapons speak now, [mais] it is never too late to engage in good faith negotiations and settle all issues peacefullyhe pleaded.
Ukraine and Russia then once again clashed vehemently.
Often taking the assistance to witness, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, warned with emotion against the significance of the destruction of his country.
If Ukraine does not survive, the UN will not survivehe launched.
” Now we can save Ukraine, save the United Nations, save democracy and defend the values we believe in. »
Reaffirming that Russia was acting militarily in
self-defenseas provided for in the UN Charter, his Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia – firm in his expression – spoke at length about the separatist Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
The diplomat spoke of
pain of the local population,
Provocation and of
fables Ukrainians, as well as
anti-russian clichés of the West.
Russia continues to face an influx of refugees from eastern Ukraine, he said.
The General Assembly meeting in New York began with a minute of silence. Since 1950, it has only met a dozen times in extraordinary session.
A text in preparation
A vote on a resolution – a priori on Wednesday – is expected at the end of the speeches which should continue on Tuesday and whose number exceeds one hundred. The text must obtain two thirds of the votes for and against expressed to be adopted.
This draft text is piloted by the Europeans in coordination with Kyiv. It has been toned down compared to an initial text, in order to garner as many votes as possible. The resolution, thus, does not
sentenced more but
deplores in the strongest terms Russia’s aggression against Ukraineaccording to the two successive texts obtained by AFP.
Similar to an American-Albanian text rejected Friday at the Security Council following a veto by Russia, the latest version calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and an end to the fighting. In the General Assembly, there is no right of veto.
A humanitarian crisis to be resolved
In the immediate future, failing to have the capacity to put an end to the hostilities, the UN is concentrating on the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Russian invasion. The United States and the European Union have predicted that the conflict, if it continues, could result in between 5 and 7 million refugees.
After a new emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday afternoon at the request of France, a resolution could be adopted Tuesday at the end of the day if Russia does not veto it.
Co-written with Mexico, it must call for
cessation of hostilitiesat
protect civilians and to
allow unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.
Four million refugees are expected in the coming days and weeks, warned the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, during a video link with the Security Council. To date, more than 500,000 people have left Ukraine for several neighboring countries, he said.
Russia is also in the hot seat at the UN in Geneva, where an urgent debate at the UN Human Rights Council is to be held this week.