Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said ‘it is our duty to support peace, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine’ at the UN


In the statement made by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite to the general debate of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, the President said: “it is our duty to support peace, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The threat arising to Ukraine must be urgently tackled.”

As the President explained, “the UN together with NATO, European Union, other regional organisations and their member states should fulfil their duty and do everything possible to stop armed conflicts, redrawing the borders of sovereign states, and creating one frozen conflict after another.”

As she stated, “we have to act together – as a group of neighbours, a group of states, concerned about the future of the international community, a future of the world we live in. It is very important to stop the conflict in its very beginning, to suppress the breeding grounds of terrorism.”

“But most importantly”, the president stated, “we should never abandon the values that hold us together: respect for human rights and the fundamental principles of state sovereignty and territorial unity. When it comes to the protection of these basic principles, the international community should be united and responsively react to any breach of these fundamental common principles.”

The President then went on to say: “the fact that we are still protecting the core values is well illustrated by the voting result at the UN General Assembly concerning the armed conflict in Ukraine. One hundred different states supported Ukraine and condemned the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. An overwhelming majority of this assembly shall never recognize the illegal acts of aggression.”

“If we fail and violence, aggression and terror win”, the President added, “we are at risk to wake up on the doorstep of everyone fighting each other and with chaos prevailing. Everything we worked on, everything we created, the world we live in will be destroyed. A silent consent to such brutal forms of aggression should not be the answer of the international community.”

“In avoidance of an even grimmer future”, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite concluded her address In the UN General Assembly Hall by saying: “I invite you to stop deception, lies, manipulation, and ignorance from entering our territories and violating our values. We have to go back to the core principle of the United Nations of keeping peace throughout the world. Our undivided attention for the undivided security should be our main focus.”

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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