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Kuleba: Countering Russian aggression to be Ukraine's priority at 76th session of UNGA
KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On the opening day of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held a telephone conversation with Chairman of the General Assembly session, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives Abdullah Shahid, and named three main priorities of Ukraine at the session.
"The key priority of our foreign policy, enshrined in the strategy of foreign policy, remains countering Russian aggression and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine. On August 23, Kyiv hosted the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform, which consolidates international efforts to de-occupy Crimea. We count on the full support of its work from the UN, because achieving the ultimate goal of the Crimea Platform – the return of Crimea – will restore respect for the UN Charter and stop gross violations of international law," the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry quoted Kuleba as saying on Tuesday.
The minister informed about Ukraine’s intention to convene a debate on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine during the current session of the UN General Assembly.
The minister called improving the living conditions of Ukrainians in the territories affected by Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions as the second priority of Ukraine at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
"The UN has the knowledge, experience and technologies for implementing projects to rehabilitate territories affected by armed conflicts. We are interested in more active UN activities in the region, in particular in the areas of humanitarian demining, the development of medical, educational and housing and communal infrastructure," Kuleba explained.
The third priority will be to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
"All states should receive equal access to vaccines, have sufficient funds to effectively counter the pandemic and economic recovery. Ukraine is ready for effective cooperation with the UN to strengthen the Ukrainian health care system and socio-economic protection of the most vulnerable categories of citizens," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister summed up.
Kuleba wished Shahid success in achieving his goals at the head of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly and stressed his readiness for effective cooperation. He recalled that Ukraine, as one of the founding states of the UN, stands for strengthening the role of the UN in solving pressing problems of international relations.
"We are ready, together with the current chairmanship of the General Assembly, to make joint efforts to resolve armed conflicts, restore the global economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, and fight climate change," Kuleba said.
The inauguration of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly will take place at 22:00 (Kyiv time) on Tuesday, September 14.