A clear majority in the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a resolution condemning the Russian offensive against Ukraine. At a special emergency meeting in New York on Thursday evening, 141 of the 193 United Nations member states voted in favour of adopting the resolution, which calls for a just peace for Ukraine and the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Russia is causing "appalling suffering"
"Not only has the Russian offensive inflicted horrific suffering on the people of Ukraine," said Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock in her address to the General Assembly in New York on Thursday: "This war has also caused deep wounds all across the globe. Increasing food and energy prices mean that families on every continent are no longer able to make ends meet."
Friday, 24 February 2023, marked the first anniversary of the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine.
UN Charter – a roadmap for peace
"We want this suffering to end," said the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs: "In Ukraine and all over the world. We want an end to this war. We want peace!" The good thing, she went on to say, is that a peace plan already exists: "Namely, the United Nations Charter, whose principles are really quite simple and are binding for all countries: sovereign equality, territorial integrity, and refraining from the use of violence."
"If Russia stops fighting, the war will end. If Ukraine stopped fighting, it would mean the end of Ukraine."
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock at the United Nations General Assembly. For the entire speech, please click .
Appeal to Putin: stop the war!
Russia, said Baerbock, spelling out the position of the Federal Government, had to immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine, stop the bombardments, and comply with the United Nations Charter.
On behalf of the Federal Government, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Baerbock will also be addressing an extraordinary meeting of theUNSecurity Council on Friday afternoon German time. Before that, the minister will be dialling in from New York to join an extraordinary meeting of the OSCE, held in Vienna to mark the anniversary of the start of the war.