“Where is the peace? Where are these guarantees that the United Nations must guarantee?” he said. “It is evident that the key institution in the world – which must ensure that any peace aggressor is coerced – simply cannot operate effectively.”
Zelenskyi’s harsh comments came amid fresh international outrage over the exposure of atrocities in Bucha, a suburb outside the capital Kyiv, as Russian forces continued their retreat from northern Ukraine over the weekend. Ukrainian officials have described the invaders’ actions there as genocide.
On Tuesday, Zelenskyy called on the Security Council to “show all other potential war criminals in the world how to be punished,” adding, “When the biggest is punished, everyone is punished.”
Zelenskyi also insisted that the Security Council take steps to limit Russia’s veto power over Council affairs. In Russia, he said, “we are dealing with a veto state [of] the UN Security Council in the right to die. This undermines the entire architecture of our global security.”
If the UN is not prepared to meet the Russian threat, “the UN can simply be shut down,” Zelenskyy said. “Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to shut down the UN? Do you think the time of international law is over? If your answer is no, you must act immediately.”
The United Nations Charter — the intergovernmental organization’s founding document, signed in San Francisco in 1945 — “must be restored immediately,” Zelenskyy said, and the broader “UN system must be reformed immediately, lest the veto power die.” “
Zelenskyy went on to present two options to the Security Council to facilitate peace in Ukraine. First, to revoke Russia’s membership of the Council “so that it cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war.” Second, “Please show how we can reform or change.”
Alternatively, Zelenskyy said, “The next option would be to disband altogether” and acknowledge that “there’s nothing you can do but converse”.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/05/zelenskyy-united-nations-russia-00023045?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication “You must act immediately”: Zelenskyj calls on the UN to take tough action against Russia