UN Secretary General António Guterres on the podium at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Photo: John Minchillo / AP / NTB
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world was in a dangerous moment as a result of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
“If the conflict in Ukraine develops, the world will be able to see a greater and more serious need than what we have seen for many years,” Guterres said while addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
– Our world is facing a dangerous moment. I really hope it doesn’t come. Recent developments in Ukraine raise serious concerns, the UN chief said.
He acknowledged that there were at least two different “permanent narratives” about the background of the conflict.
– Never agree
– I know that the narrator will never agree with what happened in the past, but in the current situation one thing is clear. Russia’s decision to recognize the so-called “independence” of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as its follow-up, constitutes a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and violates the principles of the United Nations Charter, Guterres said. .
The secretary-general made a similar criticism on Tuesday, prompting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to accuse him of bias and yield to Western pressure.
Guterres also regrets that the Minsk agreement, which was made between Ukraine and Russia in 2014 and 2015, is a thing of the past.
– They survived in the intensive care unit thanks to the equipment that kept them alive, but now this equipment has been cut off, he said.
– Fear of a new refugee crisis
The US ambassador to the United Nations warned during the meeting that up to five million people were at risk of being deported to Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
“If Russia continues on this path, according to our calculations, it could create a new refugee crisis, one of the largest in the world today,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations also expressed concern about the sharp deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Currently, two million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, but the number could rise sharply if a full-scale war breaks out in the country.
– It’s time for restraint, common sense and downsizing. There is no room for actions and statements that could bring this dangerous situation closer to the brink. It is time to conclude a ceasefire and return to the path of dialogue and negotiations to save people inside and outside Ukraine from the plague of war, said António Guterres.
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