09:54 19.09.2015

Poroshenko to focus on veto powers restrain on sidelines of UN General Assembly

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Poroshenko to focus on veto powers restrain on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Poroshenko to focus on veto powers President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York will raise the topic of veto powers restrain, adherence by the values of United Nations Charter, as well as counteraction to hybrid wars, the presidential administration reported.

"We'll concentrate a lot on advancing of the president's idea regarding step-by-step or partial restriction of the applying of veto powers in the frames of UN Security Council, and in this regard we certainly will work with our partners – with those countries, which back this idea," Yeliseyev said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.

He said that the campaign was initiated by the governments of Mexico and France that launched collecting of the signatures to back a 'Political Declaration on Suspension of Veto Powers in Cases of Mass Atrocity'. The initiative concerns not only permanent members of the Council, but any member or any state that might become its member.

Besides, Yeliseyev said that key aim for Ukrainian delegation led by the president is Ukraine's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

"You know how huge event it is, for any country it is a big honor. And you know that last time Ukraine was non-permanent members was nearly 15 years ago," he said.

According to him, Ukraine will try to unite other countries to provide its support during voting at the General Assembly sitting, which will be held in New York on October 15.

Besides, a representative of the president's administration reported that next initiatives of the Ukrainian side will be connected with the combating terrorism and extremism.

"An important question is a situation with the maintenance of human rights in Crimea, and in this view we are intended as a part of the third committee of UN General Assembly, who deals with human rights, to issue definite initiatives to draw attention to those crimes, which occur in Crimea," Yeliseyev said.

Moreover, Poroshenko will also address the concerns around the situation in Donbas.

"Another thing we would like to launch at UN is a discussion on the topic of hybrid wars and the ways to oppose them with an aim to mobilize international support," he said.

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