At the UN, the Principality sent a clear message regarding the open conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
As Prince Albert II named it last week, the Principality of Monaco showed its disagreement with the decision of the Russian Federation to invade Ukraine, while affirming its support for the latter by joining the 141 countries which condemn the Russian aggressions.
A message of peace that was heard during an emergency special session convened by the UN Security Council. The Principality also called for the continuation of dialogue and diplomatic negotiations while saluting the Ukrainian courage shown by the people and their leaders.
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A resolution entitled “Aggression against Ukraine” who “deplores in the strongest terms the aggression committed by the Russian Federation against Ukraine” and that “demands that the Russian Federation immediately cease using force against Ukraine.” A motion signed by 141 countries, while 5 nations voted against.
Isabelle Picco, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations, made an intervention to recall the Principality’s attachment to respect for international law and the United Nations Charter as well as the importance of settling disputes by means of peaceful. She also regretted the violation of the Olympic truce by the Russian Federation and the many repercussions of this conflict on the civilian population.
An International Commission of Inquiry into the Situation in Ukraine
An urgent debate dedicated to the situation in Ukraine was also held on 3 and 4 March at the UN Human Rights Council, allowing in particular the adoption of a resolution, co-sponsored by Monaco and by nearly of 70 states from all continents.
It was adopted on March 4, 2022 following a vote by the 47 Member States with 32 votes in favor and 2 against. The latter will be responsible for conducting investigations, collecting and preserving testimonies and evidence of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
In her speech, Carole Lanteri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations Office in Geneva, called on all parties to the conflict to respect human rights and international humanitarian law.
Concretely, it is a question here of protecting civilian populations and infrastructures, schools and hospitals in particular. On behalf of the Principality, she also urged the parties to resume dialogue with a view to finding a political solution to the conflict.