Norwegian statement at General Assembly adoption of resolution reaffirming the "Terrorial integrity of Ukraine"

Last updated: 3/27/2014 // Ambassador Geir O. Pedersen today delivered Norway's national statement to the General Assembly on the adoption of the resolution "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine". Ambassador Pedersen underscored in his statement the terriorital sovereignty of Ukraine and the importance of engaging Russia and Ukraine in a political dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Crimea. Norway was also aligned with the statement of the European Union.

Agenda item 33 (b) - Prevention of armed conflict: strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution: "Territorial integrity of Ukraine" 

Mr President,

Norway aligns itself fully with the statement made by the European Union. In addition - in light of the fundamental principles of international relations and international law we discuss today - I would like to make a national statement. 

Norway supports the General Assembly resolution on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This resolution re-confirms the importance of the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations, notably the obligation of all states to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, and to settle their disputes by peaceful means in a full respect of international law.

Significantly, the resolution also affirms the General Assembly's commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognised borders.

Respect for international law is fundamental in international relations. This is a key priority in Norway’s foreign policy. One of the most basic and important rules under international law is the prohibition of the use of force. No state has the right to intervene in the affairs of another state, through the use of armed force or coercion.

The international community must react when such fundamental principles and rules under international law are violated. We need to be clear on such important issues.

Norway does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Mr President,

There are no independent reports of abuse of Russian-speaking minorities in Crimea or in eastern Ukraine. If such abuse had been the case, there are several international mechanisms for dealing with such situations, within the framework of the UN, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). These mechanisms were not used in Crimea. 

Norway welcomes the adoption of the mandate for an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and we commend the Conflict Prevention Centre for the swift deployment of personnel. We are ready to contribute.

Over the past few weeks, the international community has tried to engage Russia in a political dialogue with Ukraine. Norway will strongly urge Russia to engage in such a political process in order to find a peaceful and negotiated resolution to the conflict.



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