Kiska: UN must not relinquish its purpose

THE UN was established after World War II with an aim to prevent military conflicts and ensure territorial integrity for countries around the world, President Andrej Kiska said during his speech to the UN General Assembly September 25. Currently, when there are conflicts erupting in a number of regions – including with Slovakia’s eastern neighbour Ukraine – the issue of how the UN is capable of following through with this needs to be discussed, he continued.

THE UN was established after World War II with an aim to prevent military conflicts and ensure territorial integrity for countries around the world, President Andrej Kiska said during his speech to the UN General Assembly September 25. Currently, when there are conflicts erupting in a number of regions – including with Slovakia’s eastern neighbour Ukraine – the issue of how the UN is capable of following through with this needs to be discussed, he continued.

The Slovak Republic, according to Kiska, harbours the belief that sustainable peace in Ukraine can be secured only through dialogue and diplomatic efforts – with the involvement of Russia – and this is the sphere where the UN must play a key role. “Ukraine today needs peace, stability, reforms and guarantees about the inviolability of its territorial integrity,” Kiska said, as quoted by TASR. “Slovakia is ready to participate in this process.”

He reminded that this year is 20 years since singing the Budapest Memorandum in which Ukraine promised to get rid of nuclear weapons in return for respect for its independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine by countries like Russia, China, the United States and France.

“Today, this country has lost Crimea and there is ongoing military conflict,” Kiska said. “We are consistent in this, and Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea are no exception.”

(Source: TASR)

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