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Remarks by Ambassador Zhang Jun at the UN Security Council Briefing on Ukraine, 17 Feb
...While we deplore the failure of the Minsk Agreement, no one can deny that the signing of the agreement represents the right direction of solving disputes and differences through dialogue and negotiation, and is in line with the fundamental spirit of the UN Charter. Diplomatic efforts made to reach the agreement still merit our recognition today. 

The lesson here is this. The vitality of an agreement depends on how well it is implemented. If it cannot be translated into concrete actions actively and in good faith, even the best agreement would end up being just a piece of paper. On the other hand, if all provisions in the Minsk Agreement could be effectively implemented, the Ukraine crisis might not have developed to what it is today. 

The Ukraine crisis is, in essence, the culmination of security conflicts in Europe closely related to NATO's constant eastern expansion since the Cold War. Pursuing absolute security and political exclusion and containment by force against a specific party is the very crux of the reason why Europe is in the security plight.
Madam President, 

Strict compliance with international treaties and the implementation of legal obligations in good faith are the basic requirements of the rule of law. This is what practicing true multilateralism is about. Regrettably, when it comes to negotiated agreements that failed to be implemented, the Minsk Agreement is not the only case. The Paris Agreement on climate change faces major setbacks because of the withdrawal of one key party. The JCPOA has yet to be revived....

Feb 2023 UNSC president: Malta (Vanessa Frazier)
RT | West forced to soften anti-Russian UN resolution
The [RF Deputy Permanent UN Rep. Dmitry Polyansky] stated in a Telegram message that the resolution will likely be proposed to the UN for a vote next week on the anniversary of the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine [24 Feb]. Officially, the draft resolution is meant to address the "principles underlying a comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in Ukraine."
"Their main problem is that we are not isolated. And pushing through anti-Russian texts is becoming increasingly difficult," he noted, adding that the West is having great difficulties in trying to "remove all the 'sharp corners' and to `round off' everything as much as possible" in the text of the resolution.

Polyansky also stated that in order to garner the most support[,] "not scare anyone away[,]" and to guarantee that their efforts are not in vain the West has also essentially "muzzled the Ukrainians" so that they don't ruin the resolution.

"And now they just sadly watch how the text of the draft becomes more and more vague," said the diplomat, adding that despite the West's efforts, there are still many countries that are unwilling to support the resolution.

news.un | Ukraine needs `implementable' peace, Security Council hears, meeting on anniversary of Minsk accord, 17 Feb
...Mr. Jenča reminded the Security Council on Friday that the UN has played no formal role in any mechanism related to the peace process in Ukraine, over the last eight years.

It was not invited to be a participant in the various negotiations in Minsk, or to the 2014 and 2015 agreements themselves, and it was not involved in the implementation efforts led by the OSCE's Trilateral Contact Group - made up of representatives of three parties. However, the UN has consistently supported its implementation, including through the Security Council's unanimously adoption of resolution 2202 (2015) on 17 February 2015....

by Cat on Sat Feb 18th, 2023 at 08:13:35 PM EST
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