SC: Ukraine (adoption ESS)

Explanation of vote by Permanent Representative of Norway, Ambassador Mona Juul, on a draft resolution on Ukraine, 27 February 2022.

Norway voted in favor of the draft Resolution.

Just two days ago, in this Chamber we all saw that Russia was isolated and had no support for its attack on Ukraine.

Russia’s action is unacceptable, Russia is wrong, Russia is the aggressor that violates the very core principles of international law that the United Nations stands for.

On Friday, this Council failed its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. The Council’s response to the breach of the peace, and the act of aggression, failed because of the veto by the aggressor itself.

Preventing such acts is a direct responsibility of this Council. Therefore – it was necessary to reconvene today to decide to call an emergency special session of the General Assembly on this issue.

Now, we will take this matter to the General Assembly with the purpose of making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures.

Russia will be held accountable.

The civilian population, including children, is suffering the consequences of this horrifying conflict. Killings, displacement and disappearances. Fighting in and around urban areas, and the use of heavy explosive weapons. Destruction of civilian infrastructure.

We remain deeply concerned about the protracted harm to the civilian population.

Norway is on the side of the Ukrainian people and its government.

We are providing further assistance to Ukraine. The Norwegian government has today decided to provide 226 million USD in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

Let me conclude by reiterating that Norway insists that the Russian Federation immediately, completely and unconditionally stops all fighting and withdraws all of its forces from the territory of Ukraine.