At the UN, Zelensky calls for “punishment” of Russia – 09/22/2022 00:58


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks via video at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on September 21, 2022 (AFP / ANGELA WEISS)

The President of Ukraine insisted on Wednesday before the General Assembly of the United Nations that there be “just punishment” against Russia, which the President of the United States has accused of “grossly violating” the principles of the United Nations.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand a fair punishment,” Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address to the UN General Assembly, thanks to special authorization from member states.

“Punishment for trying to steal our territory, punishment for killing thousands of people, punishment for torturing and humiliating women and men,” he added, repeating the word “punishment” over and over again.

Dressed in his usual khaki shirt, the Ukrainian leader also called for a special tribunal and a compensation fund for victims, and urged the United Nations to strip Russia of its veto power on the Security Council.

US President Joe Biden at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2022 in New York (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

US President Joe Biden at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2022 in New York (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

“We are ready for peace. But an honest and just peace,” he added, listing the ingredients of his “recipe” for peace, from “punishment” to restoring territorial integrity with “security guarantees.”

“The world is on our side,” he said during a 20-minute speech that drew many delegates to applause from the crowd in the New York room.

Hours earlier, at the podium, Joe Biden also attacked Russia head-on, announcing the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists and threatening to use nuclear weapons. “This war destroys Ukraine’s right to exist, very simply,” said the American president.

Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, had “shamelessly violated the principles of the UN Charter” by seizing part of its neighbor’s territory, he chastised.

Faced with a new threat from Vladimir Putin, the European Union has convened an informal emergency meeting of its foreign ministers on Wednesday evening, where the issue of new sanctions will be “on the table”.

We must put “maximum pressure” on Russia,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.

Although the countries of the South are increasingly annoyed by the fact that the West is focusing on Ukraine, despite the many crises of the entire planet of humanity, the American president has helped the developing countries.

– “Feed the children” –

In particular, he announced on Wednesday $2.9 billion in new aid to fight global food insecurity, adding to the $6.9 billion already pledged by Washington this year.

“In any country in the world, whatever the reasons for our division, when parents can’t feed their children, nothing else matters, nothing,” he argued.

The Americans, Europeans and Africans pledged in a joint statement on Tuesday to act “urgently, at scale and together to meet the urgent needs of hundreds of millions of people around the world”.

The chart shows the number of hungry people by world region in 2021, according to FAO (AFP/).

The chart shows the number of hungry people by world region in 2021, according to FAO (AFP/).

Joe Biden also said that he supports the fundamental reform of the Security Council by increasing the number of permanent and non-permanent members.

Demand especially from Japan and developing countries. “It is time to uphold Africa’s just and legitimate demand for Security Council reform,” insisted Senegalese President Macky Sall, head of the African Union, on Tuesday.

– Iran, human rights and nuclear power –

Although the issue was mentioned by several leaders, Ukraine will undoubtedly remain on the minds of many leaders throughout the week.

In particular, on Thursday, a meeting of the Security Council was held at the level of foreign ministers, therefore, in principle, in the presence of Sergey Lavrov, who heads the Russian delegation to the UN in the absence of Vladimir Putin.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2022 in New York (AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2022 in New York (AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY)

The Iran nuclear issue and the demonstrations that have been on the rise in Iran since the death of a young woman arrested by the morality police also managed to make their way to New York.

“Iran’s leaders must realize that the population is unhappy with the direction they have taken. They can take a different path,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley told AFP.

Iranian President Ebrahim Rais defended himself on the podium, accusing the West of having “double standards” when it comes to women’s rights.

He also assured that his country was “not seeking to develop or acquire nuclear weapons” and doubted the sincerity of the American government to restore the 2015 agreement that was supposed to guarantee that the Islamic Republic could not acquire nuclear weapons. in exchange for nuclear weapons. for lifting sanctions on its economy.

“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” Joe Biden responded, saying that “a nuclear war is unwinnable” and it “should not be waged.”

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