Explanation of Vote of Albania by DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on the voting of the draft resolution on the illegal so-called referenda in Ukraine

New York September 30, 2022

Mr. President,

This is another dark day for the Security Council, for the United Nations and for the world.

The Security Council was again taken hostage, on the same issue and by the same country, and was prevented from acting on one of the most important and consequential issues on its agenda.

Once more, Russia misused a unique privilege that the UN Charter, the very one that Russia with its actions is shredding to pieces, has granted to Permanent Members to maintain peace and security and uphold the international law, and not to block the Council when the world needs it most.

The text proposed today was about the most fundamental issues and principles that bound us together in the United Nations, in the multilateral world, the preservation of territorial integrity, the sovereignty and independence of a UN Member State.

As it has done since 24 February, Russia chose to stand in total opposition with international law, with its own commitments, with all the repeated calls from every corner of the world to stop its actions, change course and work for peace.

Today’s vote showed once more that Russia is and remains isolated in its action and with its positions.

Today’s vote showed that Russia never wanted peace, never wanted dialogue. What it always wanted was only a part of the territory of Ukraine, which it now claims that it is its own.

We will not accept it and will not recognize any of the consequences of Russia’s actions that go to the detriment of Ukraine and its people.

Colleagues,

What is happening now in Ukraine should be an alarm bell for the entire world.

We should not accept illegal annexation of the territory of other countries.

We reiterate the call on all States and international organizations not to recognize any purported acquisition by the Russian Federation of any part of the territory of Ukraine and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such purported acquisition.

We must be united and firmly condemn these unacceptable behaviors and stand in defense and support for Ukraine, because in this way we defend the rules-based international order, international law and the UN Charter.

As to the preferred Russian mantra to draw artificial parallels with other situations which have nothing to do with Russia’s aggression, we have been clear about it more than once and we are not going to dignify such claims which are of the same nature as “there is no war in Ukraine”, “we have committed no crime there” and we do not want its territory. We trust everyone is, today more than ever, eyes wide open.

Thank you!

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