Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shall address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday on September 26, 2018 for the fourth time already. And the key focus of the speech is already known.
Ukrainian President to speak at UNGA - what it will be about?
Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2015, revealed some details a month ago.
Thus, Poroshenko plans to touch upon the peacekeeping mission to Donbas.
“First of all I suppose that the President shall state the thing he used to stress all the time – we are going to persistently stand up for deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas under UN auspices”.
Apart from that, Yelchenko specified that in his address the President of Ukraine shall remind of Holodomor, as it’s 75th anniversary marked this year.
It is also expected that Poroshenko shall touch upon the Russian – Ukrainian Friendship Treaty and the reasons for its termination.
A new UN draft resolution devoted to the Crimea annexed by Russia shall be discussed during the UNGA session. The document shall address the issue of political prisoners among others.
All in all, the issues are not new. Practically, all of them have already been touched upon at the previous address by President Poroshenko.
What did Poroshenko speak about at UNGA previously?
- There is a critical need to reform the UN Security Council – especially when it concerns the veto right.
- Ukraine has always supported the reform of the United Nations so that it could effectively respond to pressing global challenges.
- Ukraine is counting on coordinated and goal-directed support of our international partners.
- asked UN to deploy peacekeeping mission in Donbas as soon as possible. The President noted that UN peacekeeping mission is the only effective solution for the de-escalation, protection of Ukrainian people and for political resolution of the conflict.
- called on nations to make their historic judgment on Holodomor and to make decision by recognizing Holodomor as an act of genocide.
- The President stressed we cannot afford the UN Security Council cornered when it comes to consideration of the issues of international peace and security.
- called on UN and member-states to pressure Russia to immediately release all Ukrainian citizens held hostage in Russian Federation.
- stated that the countries failed the Budapest Memorandum exam. Thus, the democratic world has lost its first battle, and it is not only about Ukraine, but about the trust in treaties.
- urged Russia to provide full access for international human rights watchdogs to the Crimea and Donbas and implement the UNESCO decision on monitoring activity in the Crimea on the institutional level.
- announced that there are thousands of photos, video, satellite images, eye witnesses and other evidences of Russian military presence in Donbas.
- urged international community to hold Russia accountable for the conflicts in Aleppo and Donbas based on the international law.
- In February 2015, Russia started open aggression against our state, having annexed and occupied Crimea.
- Russian aggression against Ukraine has been going on over 20 months due to financing of terrorists and militants, provision of weapons and technical equipment to the illegal armed formations on Donbas.
- We have to admit that in the 21st century, the organization lacks the effective instruments to bring to responsibility a country, which has stolen the territory of another sovereign state.
- The special UN peacekeeping mission can be an effective instrument in the implementation of Minsk agreements.
To sum up:
- Russian aggression (Crimea, war in Donbas);
- peacekeeping mission;
- UN reform;
- relations with Russia;