Statement by H.E. Ambassador SHINO Mitsuko, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and UNSC President for March, at the United Nations Security Council Briefing, Agenda item “Threats to International Peace and Security”

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March 22, 2024

I thank High Representative Nakamitsu and other briefer for their briefings.

At the outset, I’d like to express our condemnation on the recent attacks across Ukraine, and express our condolences for the victims. We reiterate that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are unlawful and totally unacceptable.

On numerous occasions, we have heard the same narrative from Russia in this chamber. The aggressor, violating the UN Charter, has been blaming the victim, Ukraine. The aggressor has been condemning the nations that are assisting Ukraine in its fight against the aggression. Despite Russia’s narrative having repeated over and over again for more than two years, this fact will never change.

The record of Russia’s heinous acts since the beginning of its aggression has grown immensely. Russia has conducted numerous attacks against civilians as well as civilian infrastructure in violation of international law including international humanitarian law, resulting in countless casualties and injuries of innocent civilians as well as damages to facilities.

Russia has used weapons procured from North Korea, which are in violation of Security Council resolutions. We continue to monitor closely what North Korea gains in return. Furthermore, Russia has used nuclear threats, which is absolutely unacceptable. The evidence of Russia’s actions will never disappear. Justice based on international law must and will be done and there will be no impunity.

Colleagues, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine threatens the very foundation of the international order that the international community has built through long efforts and great sacrifice.

The support by the international community for Ukraine is completely just and legitimate.

Attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force can occur anywhere in the world and we must prevent them from occurring. To that end, we renew our determination to stop Russia’s aggression and realize a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

It is Russia that must act. Calls for peace must be directed at Russia, which launched the aggression in violation of the UN Charter. A Russian decision to immediately end the aggression unconditionally and withdraw from Ukraine will open the path to peace.

We continue to stand with Ukraine.

I thank you.


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