Ukraine War Proves Security Council Is ‘Paralyzed by Veto’

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s foreign minister, represented his country with a briefing at the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday speech in which he called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council after the Council failed to prevent the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The Security Council has not been able to carry out the mandate conferred on it by the Charter of the United Nations, having failed to prevent the war or taking the measures to put an end to armed aggression, let alone to steer every diplomatic process towards finding a solution through dialogue and negotiation,” the minister said, assuring that his country would continue to push for UN Security Council reforms that would allow for more seats of longer duration.

Mexico, which is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, condemned the UN body as paralyzed by its permanent members’ veto power, which allows any of them to block any resolution or decision regardless of majority opinion in the Council. Russia, permanent member of the Security Council, Second hand their veto power in February to block a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to their invasion of Ukraine.

China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France are the other four permanent members that have veto power in the legal body.

“The paralysis of the Security Council is the result of the abuse of the so-called veto power by some of its permanent members,” Ebrard said, adding that Mexico, along with France, has continued to encourage these permanent members of the Security Council to refrain from using the veto power.

Ebrard mentioned a Russian-Ukrainian peace proposal by far-left Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The application, presented to the United Nations ahead of the Mexican representative’s speech, “includes the establishment of a caucus of leaders” tasked with finding, through dialogue and negotiations, a peaceful solution to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The proposed caucus, Ebrard suggested, should include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis.

The Mexican foreign minister continued his speech by calling for nuclear disarmament.

“Mexico deplores the lack of political will – particularly on the part of states that possess nuclear weapons – to reach agreements that will enable this goal to be achieved,” he said.

Ebrard concluded his speech by reaffirming that the United Nations should continue to be an instrument of the international community for the peaceful resolution of controversies. “We cannot close the door on political dialogue and diplomatic negotiations. Current international tensions will not be resolved by force,” he said.

The Mexican representative concluded his speech by calling on all UN member states to “work together to achieve the peace we all long for”.
Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer, documenting life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here. Ukraine War Proves Security Council Is ‘Paralyzed by Veto’

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