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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted its first statement on Ukraine since Russian military action began on Feb. 24, expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the 10- Quarrel week.

The president’s brief statement, adopted at a very brief council meeting on Friday, makes no mention of a “war,” “conflict,” or “invasion,” as many council members are calling Russia’s ongoing military action, or a “special military operation,” as Moscow calls it names. That’s because Russia, which has veto power in the Council, has blocked all previous attempts to adopt a presidential statement that requires unanimity or a resolution.

Instead, the statement “expresses deep concern for the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine” and “recalls that all Member States have undertaken the obligation under the Charter of the United Nations to settle their international disputes through peaceful means”.

“The Security Council expresses its strong support for the Secretary-General’s efforts to seek a peaceful solution,” the statement said, calling on Guterres to update members “in due course.”

During his recent visits to Moscow and Kyiv, Guterres reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the evacuation of civilians, primarily from the besieged southeastern port city of Mauripol and the Azovstal Steel Plant, where the last Ukrainian forces are based hold out in underground bunkers along with hundreds of civilians.

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross have so far carried out two successful evacuations from Mariupol and the surrounding area and are currently organizing a third evacuation from the steelworks in Mariupol.

In response to the Council statement, Guterres said, “Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine.”

“As I have said many times, the world must come together to silence the guns and uphold the values ​​of the UN Charter,” the secretary-general said in a statement.

Norway’s UN Ambassador Mona Juul and Mexico’s UN Ambassador Juan Ramon De La Fuente Ramirez, whose countries drafted the Council statement, called it an important first step in diplomatic efforts to end the war.

“Millions of Ukrainians are in dire need of humanitarian protection and assistance,” Juul said. “It is important that the UN Secretary-General has the full support of the Security Council in his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine.”

De La Fuente Ramirez said the unanimous adoption of the declaration “shows the Security Council’s united support for the United Nations and its Secretary-General to find a diplomatic solution.”

The Council is mandated under the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security and has been heavily criticized for its paralysis and inaction since the Russian invasion.

Responding to criticism that the minimal declaration took over two months to be approved and that it only supports Guterres, the Mexican ambassador said a start had to be made somewhere. He said approving the statement shows “at least a willingness” to continue the Secretary-General’s efforts.

Guterres told the council on Thursday that “in these times of hypercommunication, silent diplomacy is still possible and sometimes the only effective way to get results,” a point supported by both Norway’s and Mexico’s ambassadors.

Unlike the Security Council, whose resolutions are legally binding but can be vetoed by any of its five permanent members, resolutions adopted by the 193-member General Assembly are not legally binding and cannot be vetoed.

This has enabled the General Assembly to pass several resolutions that carry weight as a reflection of world opinion.

On March 2, the assembly voted 141 to 5, with 35 abstentions, on a resolution calling for an immediate Russian ceasefire, the withdrawal of all of its forces, and the protection of all civilians. By a similar vote on March 24, it passed Resolution 140-5, with 38 abstentions, blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and calling for an immediate ceasefire and protection for millions of civilians and vital homes, schools and hospitals became .

The General Assembly on April 7 voted by a narrow majority — 93 to 24, with 58 abstentions — to expel Russia from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, the UN’s foremost human rights body, over allegations of horrific rights abuses by Russian soldiers in Ukraine in the United States and Ukraine have been called tantamount to war crimes.

In the next steps, Guterres plans to make a two-day visit to Moldova, Ukraine’s neighbor, starting Monday, to “express his solidarity and thank Moldova for its unwavering support for peace and for the generosity of its people, who love their hearts and their… Homes open to almost half a million Ukrainian refugees,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said.

Guterres has called for the establishment of a humanitarian committee made up of Russia, Ukraine, the United Nations and the ICRC to coordinate aid deliveries and evacuations, and Dujarric said United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths will travel to Turkey on Monday to discuss with the authorities how to support this initiative.

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