The international community should respond to the occupation of Crimea, violation of human rights in the occupied peninsula and other illegal actions committed by the Kremlin because it is about trust and respect of the international law. This was part of the speech by François Delattre, the permanent representative of this country in the UN.
'The illegal annexation (of Crimea, - 112 International), which neither France nor the EU recognizes, is a source of a threat to unity and sovereignty of the UN member country. This undermines the efforts of the UN and the Security Council aimed at the protection of the international law', the head of the French delegation said.
He underlined that such a rude violation of the international law cannot be left without due response - 'otherwise, instead of building relations based on the supremacy of law, the world might just get back to rude, destructive behavior based on force.'
The French representative urged to investigate human rights violations in Crimea and to punish those behind these crimes. He also said it is necessary to release all hostages, the illegally detained individuals and those forcefully moved from Crimea to Russia.
'Showing commitment to Ukraine's territorial integrity equals protection of the legitimacy of the international law - and trust for this law. It has been our most important goal as we work with the UN over the last 70 years', Delattre said.
The UN Security Council session, dedicated to the Russian policy in the illegally annexed Crimea took place on late Thursday. Olena Zerkal', Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Affairs said that the international society should increase the sanctions' pressure on Russia due to the current situation in the peninsula. 'One needs to step up the ongoing bilateral and multilateral sanctions; UNGA resolutions on human rights in Crimea and Sevastopol should be supported. These documents should serve as the roadmap for de-occupation', Zerkal said.