Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, represented his country at the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday with a brief speaking in which he called for reform of the United Nations Security Council after the Council failed to prevent the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The Security Council has not been able to fulfill the mandate given to it by the Charter of the United Nations, since it has not been able to prevent the war, nor has it taken measures to end the armed aggression, much less, has it succeeded lead any diplomatic process to seek a solution through dialogue and negotiations,” the minister said, asserting that his country will continue to advocate for UN Security Council reforms that allow more countries with longer durations long.
Mexico, which is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, denounced the UN body as paralyzed by the veto power of its permanent members, which allows any of them to block any resolution or decision. regardless of the opinion of the majority within the Council. . Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, used veto in February to block a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to their occupation of Ukraine.
China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France are the other four permanent members who enjoy veto power in the legal body.
“The paralysis of the Security Council is the result of the abuse of the so-called right of veto by some of its permanent members,” Ebrard said, adding that Mexico, along with France, has continued to promote those permanent members of the Council. of Insurance. refrain from using the right of veto.
Ebrard cited a Russia-Ukraine peace proposal from far-left Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. the proposal, featured to the United Nations before the Mexican representative’s speech, “includes the creation of a group of heads of state and government” tasked with seeking a peaceful solution to the ongoing Russian occupation of Ukraine through dialogue and negotiations.
The proposed group, Ebrard suggested, should include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis.
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The Mexican foreign minister continued his speech by calling for nuclear disarmament.
“Mexico deplores the lack of political will – especially on the part of states that possess nuclear weapons – to reach agreements that allow the achievement of the stated goal,” he said.
Ebrard concluded his speech by reaffirming that the United Nations must continue to be a tool of the international community for the peaceful resolution of disputes. “We cannot close the door to political dialogue and diplomatic negotiations. The current international tensions will not be resolved by force,” he said.
The Mexican representative closed his speech by calling on all UN member states to “work together to achieve the peace we all desire.”
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