Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Undermines UN Security Council – Ireland

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney
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(Last Updated On: 2022-12-06)
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has undermined the work of the UN Security Council, Ireland said today.

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said despite the “many” negatives, he believes Ireland has had a “sustained and positive impact” during its two-year term on the council.

He also said that Ireland was “in discussion” on the triple-lock mechanism, which has formed part of Ireland’s ramped up debate on defence and neutrality.

Ireland had campaigned and was voted to take up a position on the Security Council – a gathering of 15 countries aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts and wars across the world.

The council has received criticism in recent years for being a toothless debate club and not advancing peace or conflict in a fast or meaningful way.

This criticism was intensified when one of the five permanent members of the council, Russia, invaded Ukraine earlier this year and of the evidence of Russia repeatedly targeting civilians.

Speaking as part of an event organised by the IIEA thinktank, Mr Coveney admitted that this was a “fundamental contradiction” of the council that undermined it.

He said: “You can focus on the negatives, and there are many… We have a Security Council member – a military superpower – deliberately targeting civilians on a daily basis and not even trying to disguise that.

“In many ways it’s a very fundamental contradiction that undermines the credibility of the Security Council.”

Skynews

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