Zelensky speaks at the UN Security Council: outlines plan to reform the organization and steps to peace in Ukraine. Video and all the details
President Volodymyr Zelensky took part in a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday, September 20. The Head of State voiced proposals for reforming the Organization and named two prerequisites for ending the war in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this during a speech at the UN Security Council. He stated that the United Nations is unable to stop Russian aggression and needs to be reformed.
Zelensky stressed that the UN's work is currently paralyzed precisely because the aggressor country Russia is blocking any decisions of the organization, as Russia has a veto as a permanent member of the Security Council.
"Everyone in the world can see what exactly makes the UN ineffective. In this chair in the Security Council, which Russia occupies illegally through backroom manipulations after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are liars whose job is to justify the aggression and genocide that Russia is committing. The veto in the hands of the aggressor is what has driven the UN to a standstill," the president said.
Zelensky added that this turns the UN into only "the most visible tribune in the world" that has no power.
"The use of the veto is what needs to be reformed, and this can be a key reform. The one that restores the power of the UN Charter," Zelensky said.
President proposes three steps to UN reform.
The first is to provide the UN General Assembly with a real opportunity to override vetoes "subject to a two-thirds majority that reflects the will of the nations of Asia, Africa, Europe, both Americas, and the Pacific."
Zelensky called the second step towards UN reform to expand the permanent membership of the Security Council, in particular to include states from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. Among European countries, he mentioned Germany.
The third step in the UN reform, Zelensky said, is the creation of a system to prevent aggression through the introduction of preventive sanctions, which should be automatically submitted to the UN Security Council "when any member of the General Assembly declares a threat of aggression."
"Ukrainian soldiers are now doing with their blood what the UN Security Council should do with their votes: stop aggression and protect the principles of the UN Charter," the Head of State emphasized.
Volodymyr Zelensky named the concrete actions needed to end the war in Ukraine and make the security "architecture" strong.
The first is the complete withdrawal of all Russian forces and mercenaries from the sovereign territory of Ukraine within the 1991 borders, including the Russian Black Sea Fleet or "those leaky troughs that will remain of it during the war."
The second point was the President's full return to Ukraine of effective control over the entire state border and the exclusive economic zone in the Black and Azov Seas and the Kerch Strait.
"In fact, only the fulfillment of these two points will result in an honest, reliable and complete cessation of hostilities," Zelensky added.