Mexico formally proposed Thursday to the United Nations Security Council that that body, India and the Vatican lead a negotiation in search of a truce between Russia and Ukrainean initiative that had already been advanced and that had not had a very warm reception in Ukraine.
The proposal was made by the Mexican foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrardduring a special session of the Council to deal with the issue of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in which the foreign minister he criticized in passing the ineffectiveness of that body.
Ebrard said that Mexico recognized the leadership of the secretary general of the HIM António Guterres in the search for solutions to the conflict and that, in order to “strengthen their mediation efforts”, proposed the “the formation of a committee for dialogue and peace in Ukraine, with the participation of other heads of state and government, including if possible His Excellency Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and His Holiness Pope Francis” .
Marcelo Ebrard presents to the UN a peace proposal for the Ukraine-Russia conflict, with mediators, to “generate new mechanisms for dialogue and create ideal spaces for mediation” pic.twitter.com/85PBnPMQDj
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“The objective,” he added, “would be to generate new mechanisms for dialogue and complementary spaces for mediation, which foster trust, reduce tensions and open the way to lasting peace.”
“It’s time to act” he pointed. “Resigning oneself to war is always going to a precipice.”
spokespersons for the delegations of Ukraine and Mexico said at noon that there would later be a meeting between Ebrard and the Ukrainian foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, to discuss the proposal.
An initial Mexican reaction to the initiative, however, was not positive.
“It’s a Russian plan,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the president, said in a tweet. Volodymyr Zelensky, when the proposal was first circulated. He then wondered if the idea is “to keep millions under occupation, increase mass burials and give Russia time to renew reserves before the next offensive.”
Mexico condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but maintains a somewhat ambiguous position. Ebrard said that the invasion constituted “a flagrant violation of the provisions of the UN charter,” with very serious consequences, especially for civil society. At the same time, however, He maintains that the shipment of arms to Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia only aggravate the conflict.
Mexico did not join the sanctions and asks for solutions based on dialogue and humanitarian considerations.
Ebrard said that the UN was not doing enough and that the Security Council It has had only one public pronouncement since the beginning of the conflict.
“Indifference is not allowed” the foreign minister said. “The Security Council was not able to fulfill its essential responsibility. The causes for which this Council can become dysfunctional are known. Correcting them depends on us.”
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