Statement by Ambassador Domingos Estêvão Fernandes, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security: Ukraine

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January 22, 2024

Ambassador Domingos Estêvão Fernandes expressed concern that the ongoing flow of weapons reflects the prevailing military mindset among the belligerents.

History has consistently demonstrated that military solutions seldom lead to lasting peace and often perpetuate a vicious cycle of bloodshed and humanitarian disaster. Experiences from Africa underscore that military victories are often pyrrhic, he emphasized.

As the new year commenced, the international community harboured hopes for a course correction towards de-escalation but, unfortunately, 2024 has witnessed heightened turmoil worldwide.

The repercussions of the conflict are palpable in Africa, presenting significant challenges to implementing the African Union’s “Silencing the Guns” initiative.

Further, the crisis is impacting socioeconomic systems in Africa and beyond, disruptions in energy supplies have resulted in increased costs globally and supply-chain breakdowns and trade stoppages are affecting industries worldwide. African economies are also grappling with market volatility and currency fluctuations, he added.


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