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Starting in January 2016, Ukraine will sit with Russia on powerful UN Security Council

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Shown here is Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addressing a press conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 14, 2015 before Ukraine won a non-permanent seat on the powerful UN Security Council starting on January l, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Shown here is Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addressing a press conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 14, 2015 before Ukraine won a non-permanent seat on the powerful UN Security Council starting on January l, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten

 

Shown here is Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addressing a press conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 14, 2015 before Ukraine won a non-permanent seat on the powerful UN Security Council starting on January l, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Shown here is Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, addressing a press conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 14, 2015 before Ukraine won a non-permanent seat on the powerful UN Security Council starting on January l, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten

 

Starting in January 2016, Ukraine will sit with Russia on powerful UN Security Council. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says Russia is waging a ‘hybrid war’ against Ukraine

On October l5, Ukraine won a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council by getting an impressive 177 votes from UN Member States. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s reaction to Ukraine winning a seat on the UN Security Council was loud and clear: “We did it! “ Sharing the same sense of enthusiasm was Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev.

 

VIDEO: Shown here is the statement made by Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, after Ukraine won  a non-permanent  seat on the UN Security Council, as recorded by UN Web TV, on October 15, 2015.

Lithuanian Ambassador Ramonda Murmokaitė, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been especially effective in standing up for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, and defending the rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatars in the United Nations Security Council, as well.

Lithuanian Ambassador Ramona Murmokaite, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been especially effective in standing up for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Photo © by UN Photo/Mark Garten

Lithuanian Ambassador Ramonda Murmokaitė, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has been especially effective in standing up for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Photo © by UN Photo/Mark Garten

Effective January l, 2016, Ukraine will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, along with Japan, Egypt, Senegal and Uruguay. All five Member States  were elected unopposed  in one round of voting which included one seat for the Eastern European States namely, Ukraine   All five members met the required two-thirds majority Ukraine picked up 177 votes out of 193 seats held by General Assembly Member States.

These newly elected Members will serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next two years.  Those elected will fill seats to be vacated on December 31 by Lithuania, Jordan, Chile, Nigeria, and Chad.  In addition, New Zealand, Malaysia, Spain, Angola, and Venezuela will continue to serve as elected Council members during 2016, completing the second year of their respective terms. All new Council members will take their seats on January l, 2016.   The five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council with veto power include the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia.

The week starting October 12, was particularly positive for Ukraine at UN Headquarters in New York. On October l3, Foreign Minister Klimkin had a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon, and on October 14, he conducted a press briefing with UN Correspondents in Room S-237. And most importantly, on October l5, it was announced at the United Nations that Ukraine had won a non-permanent seat in the powerful UN Security Council. It is expected that Ukraine will “ruffle the feathers” of Russia, especially since rumor has it that Russia will be seated close to Ukraine in the UN Security Council.  Fasten your seat belts!

“For the first time, we have an absolutely unique and unimaginable situation that a permanent member of the Security Council is an aggressor in Ukraine, waging a hybrid war against Ukraine,” stated Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pablo Klimkin, during a press briefing at UN Headquarters on October 14. According to NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, “the recent intervention in Ukraine, has generated much debate about the use and effectiveness of hybrid warfare, a type of warfare widely understood to blend conventional/unconventional, regular/irregular, and information and cyber warfare.”

During the press briefing held on October 14, “Baltic Review” asked the following question: “Besides the complete elimination of independent media by Russian occupiers in Crimea, can you provide more details on the systematic persecutions, arrests, abductions and killings of pro-Ukrainian residents, and the forcing of indigenous Crimean Tatars to become Russian citizens?  Generally speaking, the press briefing focused on Ukraine’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and the investigative report done by the Dutch authorities on the downing of MH17.

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin  referred members of the media to the latest UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Report published by the UN Commission on Human  Rights,  and provided details on the shutting down of magazines, newspapers, and websites in Crimea, and confirmed that there were  many abductions and disappearances of Crimean Tatars ,as well as Ukrainian speakers and Russian speakers, as well.

Earlier on October l3, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. During the meeting, they discussed the recent diplomatic and political developments related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the situation in eastern Ukraine. In addition, it was reported at the UN that “the Secretary-General welcomed the October 2 meeting of the Normandy leaders in Paris and expressed hope that the ongoing ceasefire and the recent withdrawal of weaponry by the sides would be quickly followed up by progress on the outstanding political, security, and humanitarian issues, as per the Minsk agreements.”

They also exchanged views on the need to ensure unrestricted and unconditional access for critical humanitarian assistance and freedom of movement in eastern Ukraine and on the work of the UN’s Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. “The Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s support to and solidarity with the people of Ukraine” in his concluding remarks.

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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