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

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February 6, 2024

Thank you, Madam President.

I thank USG DiCarlo for her briefing.

We are aware of the report of an incident that took place in Lysychansk, part of the territory of Ukraine and now temporarily occupied by Russia.

Without knowing the facts, it is difficult to make official comments. As a principled position, we condemn all violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, and call upon all parties to strictly abide by international humanitarian law.

We underline that there can be no impunity for war crimes and other atrocities. The international community must hold those responsible accountable in accordance with international law.

Madam President,

Why did this incident occur in Lysychansk? Without Russia’s unprovoked aggression against a sovereign state, this incident would not have happened. Russia continues its repeated and useless attempts to make us forget this clear fact. However, wrongdoing is not acceptable no matter how much one may try to justify it. We will not give in to such attempts.

Madam President,

We would like to recall another basic fact: Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is not a matter for Europe alone, but a challenge to the rules and principles of the international community as a whole. As a member of the international community, we believe that Russia should correct its violations of the UN Charter, take responsibility, and use its power for the benefit of the entire world.

Therefore, Japan once again urges Russia to stop its aggression and immediately and unconditionally withdraw from the entire internationally recognized territory of Ukraine.

Japan will continue to stand with Ukraine as long as it takes.

I thank you.

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