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Minister: UN should act to call violators of international law to justice

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The United Nation Security Council, as the main institution maintaining peace and security, has a special responsibility, because its activities affect compliance with international law,» says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

On Thursday, 17 May, the minister took part in debates of the UN Security Council in New York, USA. During these debates, he underlined the importance of compliance with international law, the Security Council’s responsibility to maintain peace in the world, as well as the need to call violators of international law to justice, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry’s press-service.

Rinkēvičš emphasized that the council has a special role in preventing armed conflicts, aggression and mass atrocities. «The council has a special role in searching for solutions to help resolve ongoing crises and conflicts. The council has not always upheld this responsibility. The veto right provided to the council’s standing members is a special privilege, so it should be used responsibly to ensure peace and security to all, not just when mass atrocities are committed. Non-realization of proposed resolutions is also a matter that requires a great deal of attention.»

«In Syria’s case, the council failure to prevent or halt the conflict and end mass atrocities was paid with lives. The council’s polarization, including with the use of veto right to block action, delays the chance of reaching a sustainable political decision in Syria. Latvia strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons, which is a clear violation of international law and Security Council’s resolution. Such crimes should be carefully and proactively investigated,» said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister.

He also notes the principle of territorial integrity is the founding principle of international law included in the United Nations charter. «Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its secret and open activities in Eastern Ukraine are in breach of this principle. We have witnessed Russia’s similar actions in Georgia. We need a rule-based system so that countries with more power than others cannot annex countries or their territories while shielding themselves with false intentions. Peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine that respects the country’s independence and territorial integrity should be a priority. International society should continue searching for solutions to end lasting conflicts in Europe,» the minister continued.


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